HALIFAX REGIONAL POLICE
Police are warning the public of a new form of fentanyl that was seized as part of an investigation last week in Halifax.
The seized drugs are bright green and have the consistency of sidewalk chalk. As part of our standard protocol, the drugs were sent to Health Canada for analysis and a presumptive test has confirmed that the substance is fentanyl. This is the first seizure of this form of fentanyl in Halifax. Investigators believe this form of fentanyl can come in multiple colours.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug. A lethal dose for a typical adult can be as little as two milligrams— which is equal to 2 grains of salt. You should call 911 immediately if you or someone else is exhibiting signs of an opioid overdose.
Common signs of an opioid overdose include:
- Severe sleepiness or the person cannot be woken up
- Breathing is slow or absent
- Snoring or gurgling noises
- Cold, clammy skin
- Lips and fingers are blue or grey
- Pupils are tiny
Naloxone is a temporary antidote for opioid overdoses that buys time to seek medical assistance, but it is not a substitute for medical treatment. If not taken to the hospital, an overdose victim can fall back into the overdose within 30 minutes. Naloxone kits are available free of charge through the Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program. Information on the program and where to get a kit is available at http://www.nsnaloxone.com.
More information on opioids is available at:
Quebec company begins human trials of coronavirus vaccine – q107.com
Medicago said on Tuesday it has begun testing its plant-based coronavirus vaccine in an early-stage clinical trial as the Canadian company, backed by tobacco company Phillip Morris, races against larger drugmakers to develop a treatment option to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medicago said it dosed the first healthy volunteers on Monday in a 180-person study, making it the first vaccine from Canada among the more than 20 experimental coronavirus vaccines being tested in humans.
Experts have cautioned that more than one vaccine may be necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, with drugmakers such as AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc ahead in the race and gearing up to test their vaccine candidates in large trials.
Countries have spent billions to aid the development of safe and effective vaccines and to secure access to them.
Initial doses of Medicago’s vaccine could go to the United States and Canada, Chief Executive Officer Bruce Clark told Reuters.
“Our research base is in Canada and we have commercialization in the U.S., so it seems to be most likely the first countries will be in North America.”
Medicago’s vaccine is being tested with adjuvants, or vaccine boosters, from GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s largest vaccine-maker, and Dynavax Technologies Corp.
Medicago’s potential vaccine uses the leaves of a plant from the tobacco family to produce the S-spike protein, one of the three spike proteins of the novel coronavirus.
The company has already used this approach in a flu vaccine that is awaiting Canadian approval.
Medicago, which expects to make about 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021, is also building a facility in Quebec City, Canada. The facility is expected to be ready by 2023 and make a billion units a year.
The company, headquartered in Quebec City, is privately owned. Philip Morris owns 33% of Medicago and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma the remaining stake.
© 2020 Reuters
21 new cases of COVID-19 detected in BC Wednesday, no new deaths – CBC.ca
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said they were “concerned” about the recent growth in COVID-19 case numbers, as they provided an update on B.C.’s caseload Wednesday.
In a written statement, the health officials reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths related to the disease.
it follows the announcement Monday of 62 new cases over the weekend and 13 new cases Tuesday.
Henry and Dix say community transmission is becoming a problem in the province and urged people to obey advice to keep the spread of the coronavirus in check.
“We are concerned about the increase in new cases in recent days, as COVID-19 continues to silently circulate in our communities,” they said in their statement. “While early on, many of our long-term care and assisted living facilities were impacted, most of the new cases are in the broader community.
“As we spend more time with others, we need to find our balance with COVID-19. We need to minimize the number of cases, manage new cases as they emerge and modify our activities accordingly.”
With Wednesday’s case numbers included, the province has had a total of 3,149 novel coronavirus cases to date and 189 deaths have been connected to COVID-19, while 2,753 people have recovered.
Two of Wednesday’s cases were epidemiologically linked cases, meaning they were never tested but are presumed to have the disease as they are showing symptoms and were in close contact with someone who tested positive for the disease.
No new outbreaks
The province also put the number of known cases that are still active at 207.
Fourteen people are in hospital, including five in intensive care. The rest are recovering at home in self-isolation, the officials said.
No new outbreaks were reported in either health-care settings or the community Wednesday. That leaves B.C. with two long-term care or assisted-living facilities with active outbreaks and one acute-care setting with an active outbreak.
There remains one active outbreak in the community, the statement said, “in addition to several community exposure events.”
B.C. reports more than 20 COVID-19 cases for 6th time in a week – Globalnews.ca
British Columbia reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no new deaths.
The province did not hold a live briefing, but reported the numbers in a statement.
It is the sixth time in the last week that the province has reported 20 or more cases in a 24-hour period, after new cases stayed in the teens or single digits for more than a month.
B.C. sees slight increase in daily COVID-19 cases
The province saw the number of new cases begin to top 20 almost exactly two weeks after B.C. moved into Phase 3 of its pandemic reopening plan.
B.C. has now recorded 3,149 cases of COVID-19, 14 of which are epi-linked. Of those, 2,753 people have recovered, and 189 people have died, leaving 207 active cases.
Fourteen people are in hospital with the virus Wednesday, five of them in critical care.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,023 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,659 in the Fraser Health region, 135 in the Island Health region, 216 in the Interior Health region, 65 in the Northern Health region and 51 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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