University and college students may face unique challenges and incredible pressure in their pursuit for a post-secondary education.
Not all of those challenges are academic. The accessibility and temptation to experiment with narcotics, including designer drugs or cocaine, is a real concern for some students. Alcohol and legally purchased cannabis come with risks, however responsible users of those substances can at least have an opportunity to know exactly what they are consuming.
When the substance in question is produced by the black market, there’s absolutely no way to know the ingredients. Bizarre cutting agents like feline dewormer or laxatives are commonly found in cocaine and other drugs. What’s worse is the growing trend of contaminating these drugs with dangerous levels of Fentanyl.
Black market drug producers follow no safety guidelines and adhere to no regulations or oversight. Maximizing profit is the goal, and producing potentially fatal drugs is proving to be a “cost of doing business” reality they are more than comfortable with.
The Thunder Bay Police Service is re-launching its Know Your Drug awareness campaign in an effort to start a real and honest discussion about the potential hazards of modern-day drug use.
Opioid overdoses and overdose related deaths are on the rise. The recent rise in these incidents has resulted in the issue being declared a community crisis (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/article-thunder-bay-plea…/). While addicts are most vulnerable, the idea that someone experimenting with narcotics – or self-described ‘weekend warriors’ – is safe from these dangers is false and potentially fatal.
The Thunder Bay Police Service would like to wish all students a safe return to school.