Overdose Deaths On The Sunshine Coast

A couple of weeks ago, Joe died of an overdose.

There are only stories, but it is almost certain that he died accidentally from a fatal dose – one laced with Fentanyl, a hugely powerful and deadly synthetic opiate that finds its way into heroin and numerous other illegal drugs.  It kills in terrifyingly small amounts.

Joe (I won’t mention his last name, though many around town will know who I am writing about) was a very decent guy, a talented musician, and was trying to kick. He waited an instant too long.

But Joe is not the only recent casualty here on the Sunshine Coast. Word on the street is that at least two other folks, all homeless and clients recently of our homeless shelter, have died as a result of overdose in the past couple of weeks alone. More will surely come. Welfare and disability cheques are out in two days. The drug dealers will come to town, right on schedule, victimize the vulnerable, and people will die. Mark my words.

Your publisher wonders why these deaths have gone largely unnoticed by the public at large. The use of opiates is far more prevalent than most folks know, and the contamination by Fentanyl of heroin and other drugs more is common than is popularly understood.


Is there a reason the Mounties don’t release information about overdose deaths? Up-to-date warnings about lethal drugs on the street. If so, then why?

I leave it to the publishers of our good local media to explain (if asked) why such deaths go ignored in print or over the airwaves. Why these stories go unreported. Why vulnerable people die in such numbers – amid the growing wealth and glitz of our Coast.

What I know is this: A celebration of life for Joe will be held in the next couple of days. I’ll be there, as will a lot of other folks who found out about his passing only through the grapevine.




1 Comment

  1. Isn’t greed another sort of addiction that negates the value of a life in order to make a few more bucks? Are those who sell these drugs on the street to be pitied as much as those who buy them? When does personal responsibility kick in I wonder, and how do those who make suicidal choices expect we who don’t understand that kind of thinking to act towards them? So many questions and so few answers. Maybe our justice system is failing those addicts who trust other addicts to provide them with safe solutions to their needs by allowing those who sell poison to still live and work and make money within our community. They are known to the police, why are they still free to poison more people? Isn’t killing another human being still manslaughter no matter where that person lived? I find it hard to understand the how and why of this insanity continuing and escalating.

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