Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jul 2016
Source: Now, The (Surrey, CN BC)
Copyright: 2016 Canwest Publishing Inc.


We've been reporting a lot about the chaos fentanyl has brought to our
nation's streets and alleyways, particularly here in Surrey where
overdoses are happening daily.

A Surrey judge noted that in the first three months of 2016 there have
been more than 200 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in B.C. Illegal
drug users are playing pharmaceutical Russian Roulette with heroin
these days as it might be cut with fentanyl. Three tiny grains of the
stuff is enough to kill.

Many people will likely wonder, then, why in May that same Surrey
judge sentenced a man found guilty of possessing heroin containing
fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking to a mere six months in jail.

This isn't just pot we're talking about here. It's the chemical
equivalent to a loaded gun.

That the judge went for the low-end of the six to eight months
sentence the Crown argued for is even more baffling.

With all the publicity surrounding fentanyl and W-18, drug dealers
have to know that the junk they're pedalling might well contain
poison, literally.

When it comes to those who peddle drugs, the courts should show little
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