Here’s an excellent article from VICE News regarding the alarming opioid overdose rate in the United States of America and Canada. The article primarily addresses fentanyl overdoses. Click Here
- Trafficking cocaine
- Trafficking marihuana
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking marihuana
- Possession of a controlled substance (Adderall)
Both were held into custody pending a bail hearing on May 26, 2016 in Milton.
The Halton Police have increasingly been receiving reports of people, including youths, recreationally using Xanax. The Halton Police have also noted an increased number of emergency calls involving the misuse of Xanax.
Xanax is the trade name for alprazolam which is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepine is a Schedule IV substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Alprazolam is a central nervous system depressant.
Side effects include drowsiness, slurred speech, fatigue, suicidal thoughts, memory loss, dry mouth, and loss of balance. Overdose symptoms include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, impaired motor functions, feeling light-headed, etc. Coma and death are possible if alprazolam is combined with other substances.
Click HERE to view a video posted on social media of youths claiming to be under the influence of Xanax.
It should not be used if you are pregnant or have narrow-angle glaucoma. Larger-than-normal doses can cause significant deterioration in alertness and an increased feeling of drowsiness. Alprazolam may be habit-forming that could lead to addiction, overdose, or death.
Slang Terms: Bars, Xanies, Benzos, downers, footballs, planks, poles, blues.
The Halton Police have been receiving reports of youths consuming an opioid drink concoction known as ‘Purple Drank’. Other street names include; Syrup, Sizzurp, and Lean.
Drinking prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine mixed with soda was referenced frequently in some popular music and has now become increasingly popular among youth, including the Halton Region.
Codeine is an opioid that can produce relaxation and euphoria when consumed in sufficient quantities. Promethazine is an antihistamine that also acts as a sedative. Users may also flavor the mixture with the addition of hard candies.
Codeine and other opioids present a high risk of fatal overdose due to their effect of depressing the central nervous system, which can slow or stop the heart and lungs. Mixing with alcohol greatly increases this risk.
Toronto Sun – May 8, 2016
BARRIE – Originally sentenced to nine years in prison, a medical secretary who forged fentanyl prescriptions for sale across Ontario was back on the streets after only 11 months.
Julie Baks, then 31, wept in the prisoner’s box in May 2014 as she pleaded guilty to forging and trafficking up to $400,000 of the highly-potent painkiller fentanyl — an opioid 20 times stronger than heroin.
By the following April, Baks was living at a residential facility and free on day passes. She is now on full day parole and scheduled to receive full parole in August.
It was sheer coincidence that Baks was caught on video creating forged fentanyl prescriptions while working in a doctor’s office in Barrie.
The doctor set up the hidden camera because he suspected she was stealing money from the petty cash drawer. Sure enough, the video captured Baks reaching into the drawer and putting money in her purse. She was sentenced to 60 days of house arrest with an ankle bracelet for theft.
Marihuana continues to be the main controlled substance seized by the Halton Regional Police. Cocaine is once again the second most common drug seized in Halton. There has been an increased in prescription drugs, including opioids and benzodiazapines. Crystal methamphetamine seizures are a concern as the Halton Police Drug Unit continues to see an increase throughout the region.
Ontario’s top police leaders are teaming up with community partners and families whose loved ones have died from Fentanyl-related deaths to make available an Ontario-specific, web-based source of information on the dangers associated with the use and abuse of this extremely potent painkiller.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) unveiled a new website, www.facethefentanyl.ca, at a news conference at Toronto’s Humber College. The website concept and public education posters, developed by Humber College’s AdCentre, are now available to Ontario police services, public health units, and other community groups who want to stop Fentanyl-related deaths in Ontario.
“Between 2010 and 2014, Fentanyl was a factor in 577 deaths in Ontario. Police services across Ontario cannot stand by while our sons and daughters, our friends, and the people we serve die from the use and abuse of this drug.” said OACP President Chief Jeff McGuire.
In 2014 alone (the last year for full annual numbers), there were 152 Fentanyl-related deaths in the Province of Ontario.
Fentanyl can be obtained legally in Ontario through prescriptions and is usually prescribed for the treatment of acute pain. It is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 40 times more than heroin. The new website features information and resources for users and anyone who is concerned about a loved one’s use and/or abuse of Fentanyl. The website and other resources are also available to public health units and other health care and social services professionals.
“The death of my daughter Tina in 2012 because of Fentanyl has devastated and changed my family,” said Tina’s mom Sherrie Dolks. “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the pain that my daughter’s death caused for her family and friends.”
Dolks is an advocate for families of Fentanyl victims and has a Facebook page, Gone Too Soon – The Dangers of Fentanyl, dedicated to raising public awareness and support for people impacted by a Fentanyl-related death.
In November 2015, the OACP released a resource document for establishing Patch 4 Patch Fentanyl Abuse Prevention programs. Subsequently, the Ontario legislature passed the Safeguarding Our Communities Act (Fentanyl Patch for Patch Return Policy), which established a provincial policy whereby individuals who are prescribed Fentanyl in transdermal patches must return all of their patches before being given new ones.
Hamilton Spectator – March 15, 2016
Halton police are warning the public about a deadly bootleg painkiller that has come across their radar.
While the police service has not encountered it yet themselves, they say W18 — a drug formula that Sgt. Brad Murray says was invented long ago but never actually manufactured — has been popping up in other jurisdictions.
“Someone got a hold of that formula,” Murray explained.
He says it has been reportedly found in pill form, marketed as Fentanyl or fake OxyContin. A single dose of Fentanyl can be deadly, Murray says — and W18 is 100 times more potent.
On January 21, 2015, the Drug, Gun & Gang Unit arrested Marcus YOUNG (28 years) of Hamilton who was trafficking in Burlington and Oakville. The Drug, Gun & Gang Unit executed a search warrant at YOUNG’s residence resulting in the seizure of the following items:
- Over 1.5 kg of powder and crack cocaine
- 328 Opiate pills (Oxycodone and Hydromorphone)
- Approximately $20,000
- 215 g Marihuana
YOUNG was subsequently charged with trafficking cocaine, 4 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance (marihuana).
Adam ZIOLKOWSKI (27 years) of Burlington was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) as part of this investigation.