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Got drugs in my pocket and don’t know what to do with them.



This year has been a disaster for The US Justice Department. Fentanyl has become a scourge upon the North American and Global plain. Over 100,000 Americans have died, with 65,000 directly related to the use of fentanyl in its many forms. That is just the USA. Lets look at one Canadian Province and the effect of Fentanyl upon it. Approximately 83% of illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. in 2020 had extreme Fentanyl concentrations. So out of @1,600.00 deaths 1,288 showed fentanyl’s presence. A further 49 suspected illicit drug deaths connected to fentanyl between june-november 2020. Approximately 70% of those dying in 2020 were aged 30-59 years old, with 89% between the ages of 19-59.Interestingly males accounted for 82% of all deaths. We have a Drug Pandemic here. Young and old, rich and poor, homeless and housed, no matter the race. (BC Corners Service).
Covid-19 with all its other forms, has exasperated the multiple growth of this Opioid Pandemic. Our neighbor’s often suffering from some form of stress, mental anguish, physical injuries, financial or personal misfortune are willing to search out medication for pain relief or simply recreational use. Problem society now has is that what used to be one particular drug of choice often now has small but deadly infused opioids within it. Yes  your black market ganja/mota/stink weed,  acid hit, cocaine or heroin or even crystal meth are reshaped, with the use of this potent opioid.
Fentanyl is an synthetic opioid, there for it is manmade in laboratories. It does not rely upon opium poppy for its production. It is produced through a number of restricted chemicals with reactions requiring specialized skilled manufacturers. The full formula for fentanyl is N-(2-phenethyl)-4-piperidinyl-N-phenyl-propanamide. Quite the mouthful eh? The pharmaceutical industry developed fentanyl derivatives by manipulating the basis molecule to create various potencies. That is what pharmaceutical firms did legally. Whether intentionally or not, this industry saw a huge profit margin for itself and sold opioids in mass. Over the years the establishment recognized its addicted nature and limited opioid prescriptions to a bare minimum. Damage was done however as the number of addictions to this drug increased and suddenly many patients were expected to be weened off the drug or go cold turkey. Well you can blame the Pharmaceutical Industry and your local health administrations/governments for the creation of the massive illicit drug trade in opioids.
Cartels, organized crime and their governmental within  China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Cambodia and Eritrea entered the vacuum and began to recruit scientist and establish illegal laboratories through out the world, including the US and Canada. These illegal organizations were supported by nations who gave them territory, provided illicit chemicals and a blind eye with a promise of protection for revenue or a piece of the action. China is the globes largest producer of these restricted chemical in the world. The illegal organizations already have transportation and distribution networks established long ago. What can the authorities do to harm and stop these organizations you may ask? Well very little.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with The RCMP, Scotland Yard, many police forces and national military organizations act upon shipment movements and capture product, labs and personnel often, but certainly not enough times. The cocaine and Heroin business have shown us that police capture only 5-11% of what enters the various global market. Police are stretched thin while illegal organization have a ever increasing rolodex of recruits, friendly businesses and partners in crime.
If you are taking or thinking of partaking in an illegally provided opioid please consider the following and please think before you act.
1.The production of illegal opioids involve often toxic chemicals using binding agents that are numerous, often unknown and most deadly. Legal fentanyl is often crushed and added to a powerful mix of uncertain medication or chemicals. A cigarette can have over 75 different things within it to bind and effect the smokers addiction to buds. The stuff in opioids are more dangerous, addictive and life limiting. You don’t develop lung cancer using opioids, you just die of an overdose, go into paralysis/coma or become a brain dead zombie. That is the truth.
2.Illicit opioids are available in many different forms such as paper dots, pills or in a mix combined with just about anything. You want it, you can certainly find it. Illegal opioids are advertised and sold on social media Face Book and  TicTok.. Sold as pain killers, stud makers, children’s medication too. British authorities noted that 7% of those who have died from opioids in 2020 were children under the age of 16. How they get the stuff? Either from the internet or their neighborhood dealers at school. Parents be aware the internet. Just as its porn have control over many men, so to it can it  manipulate your youngsters too.
3.  Addict to opioids happens quickly, often within a time of using 2-3 times. Like crystal meth there is a very strong chemical reaction within your brain manipulating your ambitions, needs, lusts, dreams towards that next hit of drugs. A child finds a pill in parents medical chest, a old fella uses a unknow med he finds, a injured person just needs relief not matter the cost. The cost can be your health, your mental state or your life. Dead-Dead-Dead. Finitely gone forever.
4. Your addiction is a slap in the face to all who love you, you love, could love in the future. Addiction is like a unstoppable dream that happens often without an end, only it does end, usually resulting in horrible realities. Nancy Reagan was strangely correct so long ago while on nation wide advertisements, looking you straight in the eye saying “Just Say No”! If you are a freedom loving person, step away from opioids since these drugs will colonize and destroy you. If you are using find local help immediately. There is no staining of your reputation. Seeking help is both wise and thoughtful.
Who is more courageous and to be admired? A person who willingly or unknowingly takes an opioid that could kill them, or a person who through realization seeks help for themselves or another person. Yah!
Drugs can be an escape, a means to alter your perception of reality, relieve your pain, seemingly alter your life’s situation. It can and does destroy many lives. Only approach the use of opioids through trained medical staff, and do so legally. I have seen many people die, and it is the deaths through drug use that are most brutal and horrific. Experience live, as our stay on earth is certainly limited.
Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
Drugs in my pocket (The Monks)
I mean I ask myself, do I really need to be pharmaceutically high?
Staying awake for hours and watch my life go by.
Cause I’ve got drugs in my pocket and don’t know what to do with them.
Yah I’ve got drugs in my pocket, and I’m wearing me shoes out for them,
I’ve got drugs in my pocket, I’ll never need a cure for them.
Hey what you got for me Matte” Anything nice?
“Well I got some upper’s or I got some downer man
or I got some real hard grass all the way from Jamaica to sell in Brixton
Try some of this”.
They say it turns you crazy, they say it makes you sick,
to me its all the same, cause I’m just bleeding thick(stupid).
Yah cause I got drugs for when I’m dancing, and drugs for down the club,
Drugs to watch a money, I need drugs even when I make love too.


PEI has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases amongst Canadian provinces – SaltWire Network



As of Jan. 21, P.E.I. had the highest reported rate of COVID-19 cases, with 1,050 per 100,000 people, of any province in Canada over the last seven days.

Only one jurisdiction, the Northwest Territories, surpassed the province’s rate of cases over the last week, with 2,024 cases per 100,000 people. The next closest province to P.E.I. was Alberta with 759 cases per 100,000.

But Susan Kirkland, head of Dalhousie University’s department of community health and epidemiology, said daily case counts and case rates do not capture the whole story.

“There does become a point where following cases – it collapses.”

Susan Kirkland, Dalhousie University Department of community health and epidemiology 

Kirkland says it is now clear that community spread of COVID-19 is widespread in Atlantic Canada, including in provinces like P.E.I., where testing of incoming travellers had previously helped contain spread of the virus.

Kirkland said differences in testing criteria, as well as differing reporting details mean comparing case rates between provinces is becoming less and less useful.

Dr. Susan Kirkland, head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, says that even after people are vaccinated for COVID-19, a strange new world awaits us. – SaltWire Network

While P.E.I. still allows PCR-RT testing for anyone with symptoms, Nova Scotia has limited PCR testing to specific vulnerable populations that are symptomatic. Rapid antigen tests are provided to the general population that is symptomatic.

In many provinces, daily positive case counts are not capturing the full number of people who have contracted the virus. New Brunswick has also stopped reporting daily case counts in COVID-19 briefings because of this, although the information is still available on the province’s website.

Kirkland said other indicators like hospitalization rates and test positivity are better indicators of how well a province like P.E.I. is faring amid the Omicron wave.

“Ultimately, what we are trying to do is stop the health-care system from (collapsing),” Kirkland said.

P.E.I.’s most recent test positivity rate was 20.7 per cent – significantly higher than all three other Atlantic provinces. There have been 19 hospitalizations since the first Omicron case was announced on Dec. 14.

After weeks of escalating case counts, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King imposed tighter public health restrictions on Jan. 19, closing gyms and in-room dining in restaurants.

Reporting varies

Since Jan. 18, the P.E.I. government has stopped recording daily counts of outbreaks associated with long-term care homes, shelters, the provincial correctional centre and other congregate settings.

While the lack of daily reporting has occurred in conjunction with continuing escalating case counts, P.E.I. may not be the only province to have made a decision to report less information about outbreaks.

Nova Scotia is continuing to report daily positive cases associated with long-term care outbreaks, but the province has recently decided to not report school outbreak numbers.

As an epidemiologist, Kirkland said she was not sure what she thought of public health offices restricting reporting on outbreak case counts.

She said Atlantic Canadians have become used to COVID-19 being contained. This has made it difficult for public health offices to communicate that overall containment of the virus is less feasible, due to the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

“I think that what public health is now doing is trying to turn the corner to say, ‘we have to start to learn how to live with COVID,’ ” Kirkland said.

“We have to deal with the things that we know will reduce risks – we have to wear masks. We have to improve ventilation where we can. We have to limit social contacts in areas where we can,” she said.

But Kirkland also believes governments are faced with the challenges of prioritizing a safe reopening of schools.

“Very often people will say, ‘why is it safe for kids to be in school but we need to close restaurants,’ ” she said.

“That’s not the point. The point is that the priority is to keep kids in school. So, we have to do these other things in the community so that kids can stay in school. Because that’s what we think is the most important.”

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Now is not the time for vaccine mandates, even as vaccinations among children remain low: experts –



Less than half of Canadian children ages five to 11 have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, but Canadian experts say now may not be the time to start mandating them for students attending school in person.

In December, Windsor’s city council endorsed a recommendation from its health unit that all elementary school students be vaccinated before returning to school. 

Meanwhile, in the United States, New York City now requires students to be vaccinated before taking part in extracurricular activities. California, which already has strict vaccine requirements for students, is mulling the addition of the COVID-19 vaccine to that list.

“For provinces that don’t have vaccine mandate policies, to start a conversation about vaccine mandates at a time where emotions are very heightened around vaccination is a risky endeavour,” said public health researcher Devon Greyson.

Greyson, an assistant professor of health communication at the University of British Columbia, has studied the efficacy of childhood vaccine mandates. They found that while uptake does increase, the boost can’t be solely attributed to mandates. Better communication, access and reporting systems also played a role.

In fact, in some jurisdictions, mandates did more harm than good by pushing some people away from vaccination, Greyson says.

“I recommend first really trying to build confidence in the population and make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated before considering a policy that has potentially negative consequences on children or parents,” they said.

A children’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic is set up at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, on Dec. 21, 2021. About five per cent of five- to 11-year-old children in Canada have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

No provincial or territorial governments have announced plans for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in schools, but jurisdictions such as Ontario and New Brunswick already require vaccinations for certain preventable diseases in students entering the public school system. 

Legislation to strengthen mandatory-vaccination rules for N.B. schoolchildren was proposed in 2020, but was defeated. “There are varied opinions, and very strong opinions,” Premier Blaine Higgs, who voted in favour of the change, said earlier this month on CBC’s Power & Politics.

Dr. Cora Constantinescu, a pediatric infectious diseases expert who counsels vaccine-hesitant parents, says that with lower vaccine uptake among five- to 11-year-olds — and children returning to classrooms — there’s an urgency get them vaccinated as soon as possible. But she stopped short of calling for a mandate.

While Constantinescu believes that a vaccine mandate could be effective she pointed out some children risk being kept out of the classroom as a result of such a policy.

Only about five per cent of children ages five to 11 have been fully vaccinated, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern over the low vaccination rate on Wednesday, saying that it puts society’s most vulnerable people at greater risk.

WATCH | Experts weigh in on hesitation around vaccinations for kids:

Experts explain slower vaccine uptake among children

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Ève Dubé, a INSPQ medical anthropologist, and Dr Fatima Kakkar, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, weigh in on why some parents are still hesitant to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. 1:44

Access remains a key issue

In October, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would be added to the list of vaccinations required for students to attend school in-person. The policy will be enforced after the federal government approves the vaccines, and the state will grant exemptions for medical reasons, plus religious and personal beliefs. 

Some school districts have already enacted mandates in the state.

Young children are particularly good at spreading respiratory illnesses — and that’s likely the case for COVID-19 as well, according to Annette Reagan, adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in California. 

People wait to get their children vaccinated at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal. Dr. Cora Constantinescu says that providing greater access to vaccines could help improve the vaccination rate among five- to 11-year-olds. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

She says that justifies the addition of COVID-19 vaccines to existing mandates.

“Increasing vaccination rates and stopping transmission in younger children is a good thing for our community, but it comes with the mandates,” said Reagan, noting that such policies limit parental autonomy.

The reasons behind low uptake among the pediatric group in Canada are varied, according to Greyson, but might be explained by timing and limited access to clinics.

Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine was approved by Health Canada for the five to 11 cohort in late November — just weeks before the holidays when non-emergency medical appointments tend to slow down. 

Pediatric vaccine doses may also be less widely accessible compared to adult doses, said Constantinescu, making it more difficult for parents to get their kids immunized.

“The low-hanging fruit of vaccine uptake is always access,” said Constantinescu. “We have not made this as easily accessible as we could have.”

Constantinescu believes, however, that the narrative children experience more “mild” illness when they contract COVID-19 is a key factor behind the low vaccination rate — a message that parents should reconsider.

“We pray and hope that it’s just going to be a mild illness in most kids. That would be fantastic and I sure hope that, but we don’t know,” she said. 

“What we do know is that the vaccine is safe and we have enough supply.”

‘It’s in the best interest of your child’

Perhaps the most significant risk that comes with vaccine mandates, however, is the potential for children with vaccine-hesitant parents to miss out on in-person learning. 

Constantinescu argues that some children may not get the protection provided by vaccination or the benefits of learning in person.

With new evidence that negative side effects, such as myocarditis, are rare in the five to 11 bracket, she says now is the time to “shout from the rooftops” that vaccinating against COVID-19 is safe.

“This is the top vaccine-preventable threat to our children and we have a safe vaccine,” she said.

“We need to tell parents this is about protecting your child, first and foremost. It’s not about saving the pandemic, it’s not about saving the world.”

“This is because it’s in the best interest of your child.”

Written by Jason Vermes with files from Ashley Fraser, CBC News and The Associated Press.

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Nova Scotia reports 11 people in ICU Saturday, total of 287 people in hospital with COVID-19 – CTV News Atlantic



In a news release Saturday afternoon, health officials in Nova Scotia said 82 people were admitted to hospital and are receiving specialized care in a COVID-19 designated unit. 11 people were reported to be in intensive care.

According to the province, the age range of those in hospital is 23-100 years old, and the average age is 67.

Of the 82 people receiving specialized care for COVID-19 in hospital, 79 were admitted during the Omicron wave.

There are also two other groups of people in hospital related to COVID-19:

  • 84 people who were identified as positive upon arrival at hospital but were admitted for another medical reason, or were admitted for COVID-19 but no longer require specialized care.
  • 121 people who contracted COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital.

The number of COVID-19 admits and discharges to hospital was not available Saturday.

On Jan. 21, the Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 3,682 tests.

According to a news release, an additional 502 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported.

Of the new cases; 219 are in the Central Zone, 88 are in the Eastern Zone, 59 are in the Northern Zone and 136 new cases are in the Western Zone.

Nova Scotia remains under a state of emergency. Provincial officials first declared a state of emergency on March 22, 2020 and it has now been extended to February 6, 2022.

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