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File Photo. Deputy Rick Bray watches surveillance monitors from the control room at the Clallam County Jail on Wednesday in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

B.C. sheriff points to staff shortages, guard apathy for drugs in prisons

Sheriff speaks on anonymity as to how drugs get into prisons

 

(Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

‘I don’t want to die’: Kelowna’s ‘tent city’ Mama calls for drug reform as 6 lives lost per day in B.C.

In all the years she has been an addict, Mama Kjaer has never seen anything like the toxic drug crisis

 

Island Health has warned that the region’s drug overdose incidents are increasing. It’s recommended that users get their drugs tested at Substance UVic, use a safe injection site, carry naloxone, and stagger their use with a friend. (File - Shutterstock.com)

A new highly toxic drug mix hasn’t emerged in Sooke yet, say Mounties

Island Health urges users to take precautions

 

West Shore RCMP arrested a 32-year-old man and seized thousands of doses of suspected narcotics during a search warrant execution on July 8. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)

Weapons and thousands of suspected drug doses seized by West Shore RCMP

A 32-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation

West Shore RCMP arrested a 32-year-old man and seized thousands of doses of suspected narcotics during a search warrant execution on July 8. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)
Evidence bags containing fentanyl are displayed during a news conference at Surrey RCMP Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The federal government is set to make what it's calling an "important announcement" with the British Columbia government on the overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada to make ‘important announcement’ with B.C. on overdose crisis

Public health approach focused on reducing harms and saving lives to be revealed

Evidence bags containing fentanyl are displayed during a news conference at Surrey RCMP Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The federal government is set to make what it's calling an "important announcement" with the British Columbia government on the overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island Heath has issued a drug poisoning/overdose advisory for Greater Victoria and recommends strategies, including the use of naloxone, when experiencing or encountering an overdose. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health issues drug poisoning, overdose advisory for Greater Victoria

Anyone using opioids, stimulants faces increased risk from injection, inhalation

Island Heath has issued a drug poisoning/overdose advisory for Greater Victoria and recommends strategies, including the use of naloxone, when experiencing or encountering an overdose. (Black Press Media file photo)
UVic social work professor Bruce Wallace and chemistry prof Dennis Hore, project leaders for the Substance drug-checking project, stand in front of their storefront location on Cook street. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Changes in illicit drug supply offer challenges for Victoria researchers

Its storefront open a year, UVic’s Substance project looks to scale up services

UVic social work professor Bruce Wallace and chemistry prof Dennis Hore, project leaders for the Substance drug-checking project, stand in front of their storefront location on Cook street. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Police in Nanaimo found drugs, replica firearms, cash and drug paraphernalia when they pulled over a vehicle Jan. 19. (Photo submitted)
Police in Nanaimo found drugs, replica firearms, cash and drug paraphernalia when they pulled over a vehicle Jan. 19. (Photo submitted)
The walk was followed by a sharing circle at the CVAG Plaza, from left: Sharon Karsten, Christopher Hauschildt and Nadine Bariteau. Scott Stanfield photo

Vancouver Island officials walk in the footsteps of our burgeoning drug crisis

Comox Valley Art Gallery exercise tackles toxic drug crisis by bringing officials to the streets

The walk was followed by a sharing circle at the CVAG Plaza, from left: Sharon Karsten, Christopher Hauschildt and Nadine Bariteau. Scott Stanfield photo
University of British Columbia has developed an algorithm which helps predict the next designer drugs before they hit the street. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)

UBC researchers’ algorithm helps ID designer drugs before they hit market

Model being used by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, UN and European law enforcement

University of British Columbia has developed an algorithm which helps predict the next designer drugs before they hit the street. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)
People hold a banner during a Vancouver march on International Overdose Awareness Day in August. B.C. is urging the federal government to decriminalize possession of personal amounts of illicit drugs as a way to help save lives. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Scope of B.C.’s opioid decriminalization proposal too narrow, says SOLID Outreach Victoria

Precedent-setting proposal would leave rural users in a pinch, advocate says

People hold a banner during a Vancouver march on International Overdose Awareness Day in August. B.C. is urging the federal government to decriminalize possession of personal amounts of illicit drugs as a way to help save lives. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Most illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. from 2017-2020 contained fentanyl. File photo

Story Walks illustrated extent of toxic drug crisis in Comox Valley and other communities

In response to the toxic drug crisis that continues to ravage communities…

Most illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. from 2017-2020 contained fentanyl. File photo
The proceeds of an investigation into drug trafficking in Greater Victoria netted $22,000 cash, plus roughly $60,000 worth of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine. (Photo courtesy VicPD)

Car, cash and drugs seized in Greater Victoria police investigation

Man arrested said to have connections to Lower Mainland organized crime

The proceeds of an investigation into drug trafficking in Greater Victoria netted $22,000 cash, plus roughly $60,000 worth of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine. (Photo courtesy VicPD)
A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) patch is seen on an officer in Calgary, Alberta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

1.5 tonnes of illicit fentanyl ingredient seized at Metro Vancouver port

Fentanyl has been linked to a majority of drug-related deaths over the past five years

A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) patch is seen on an officer in Calgary, Alberta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
An arrest made during an alleged drug transaction at a Nanaimo shopping centre parking lot led to the discovery of 40 litres of GHB, as well as a drug production site in another part of the city. (File photo)

RCMP arrest Nanaimo man with 40 litres of GHB in the trunk of his vehicle

Investigation leads to discovery of a drug lab in a storage locker

An arrest made during an alleged drug transaction at a Nanaimo shopping centre parking lot led to the discovery of 40 litres of GHB, as well as a drug production site in another part of the city. (File photo)
A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police found drugs, guns, ammo and cash when they raided a home and arrested two suspects in Nanaimo on Nov. 6. (Photo submitted)

Fentanyl and cash seized, two arrests made in bust in Nanaimo

Suspects’ alleged history of violence triggered Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team deployment

Police found drugs, guns, ammo and cash when they raided a home and arrested two suspects in Nanaimo on Nov. 6. (Photo submitted)
Bill Phelps’s life has changed since he was able to get a safe pharmaceutical alternative to fentanyl after his pain medication was cut off a couple of years ago. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Unhoused community in Greater Victoria struggles to access safe drug supply

Safer Victoria Project working to connect people sheltering outside with pharmaceutical alternatives

Bill Phelps’s life has changed since he was able to get a safe pharmaceutical alternative to fentanyl after his pain medication was cut off a couple of years ago. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Large raid in Kootenays nets drugs, weapons, cash

Large raid in Kootenays nets drugs, weapons, cash

Multiple search warrants result in the arrest of five men and drug, cash seizures

Large raid in Kootenays nets drugs, weapons, cash