Pubdate: Thu, 08 Jun 2017
Source: Alberni Valley News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Alberni Valley News
Author: Karly Blats
Page: A1


In the wake of the death of a 16-year-old New Westminister girl, who
died on May 26 of an overdose, Island Health Medical Health Officer
Dr. Paul Hasselback advises people wanting to take party drugs of the
risks involved with uncontrolled substances.

Angel Loyer-Lawrence and a friend thought they were taking the party
drug MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, when Lawrence overdosed and died.
Her friend was also taken to the hospital but survived.

"Any uncontrolled substance is purchased with risk associated with it.
Unfortunately we do see tragic events such as what recently occurred
(in New Westminister)," Hasselback said. "There was some reporting out
of Victoria of a pharmacy that was doing some lab testing that's
showing fentanyl being incorporated into MDMA, which is Ecstasy, and I
think that really speaks to the drug trade."

Hasselback said there are risks of an overdose any time fentanyl is
added into other drugs.

"On the other handÂ…even if we just had well-controlled, quality drugs
here there are risks associated with them as well," he said.
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