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How Canada's Blood Tribe brought opiate overdose deaths down to zero - CSMonitor.com

13.7.16

How Canada's Blood Tribe brought opiate overdose deaths down to zero - CSMonitor.com: The Blood Tribe indigenous reserve in Alberta is Canada’s largest – a spectacular landscape of long-grass plains and shining rivers abutting the towering Rockies. Oilfields make the reserve one of the country’s richest, too – and that makes it a target for drug peddlers.

For years, dealers sold painkillers like oxycodone at steep markups across this sprawling territory.

But three years ago, oxycodone manufacturers introduced tablets that couldn’t be snorted or injected. Drug dealers switched to fentanyl, a painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin that reportedly killed the musician Prince in April. Too much of it shuts down one’s breathing and heartbeat.


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