In the fall, Langley RCMP announced members would carry life-saving Narcan spray on them at all times. City firefighters also carry the kits.

2016, a look back at the fentanyl crisis

The deadly drug has claimed more than 300 lives in B.C. this past year

  • Dec. 29, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Fentanyl has been a dominant news story across B.C. including Langley, claiming around two dozen lives locally in 2016.

• Around 700 B.C. residents have died from overdoses this year, with at least 350 of those deaths coming as a result of fentanyl, a synthetic drug so powerful, an amount the size of a grain of salt can cause an overdose.

• A funeral director in Aldergrove told the Times he is organizing three to four services a month for families who have lost loved ones to the deadly drug.

• Around 80 people attended a fentanyl forum in October in Langley.

• Naloxone — the life saving tool that reverses an opioid overdose — is now carried by Langley RCMP and Langley City firefighters and paramedics. A ‘how-to’ use Naloxone forum was recently held in Walnut Grove.

• Two  Walnut Grove Secondary graduates died of drug overdoses in 2016.

Their friends and family made a powerful awareness video about the aftermath and loss they feel.

• There is no end in sight to the fentanyl crisis as even more powerful synthetic drugs hit the streets, including Carfentanil which is 100 times more potent.

Just Posted

Langley Township purchases Alder Inn and neighbouring lots for $5.4-million

The municipality has ‘no immediate plans’ to redevelop nearly one-acre in the downtown core

Grey-haired bank robber hit with dye pack in Langley heist

Police are looking for an older man who may be stained with dye

Half million dollars guarantees Aldergrove man a new truck

Aird – a resident of 25 years in Aldergrove – has been buying lottery tickets for “forever.”

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag Monday amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

New Langley bistro caters to board game fans and families

Local food and games at every table is the formula for the new business

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Trial dates set for three men accused of 2017 killing near Hope

Lawyers for the accused appeared in Kelowna at B.C. Supreme Court on Monday

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Most Read