Sarnia Drug Abuse ‘Epidemic’

Sarnia Police Detective Constable Mike Howell (L) in studio on The Talk Show (Blackburnnews.com Photo)

A detective constable with the Sarnia Police Service Vice Branch describes this area’s prescription drug abuse problem as an epidemic.

Mike Howell was a guest on CHOK’s The Talk Show with Sue Storr today. (Thursday)

He says he was surprised coming here from the larger Durham Region.

Howell says abuse of fentanyl, which is 100 times more potent than morphine and 40 times more potent than heroin, is a huge problem in Sarnia.

He says they’re working to get doctors and pharmacists on board to make the Fentanyl Patch For Patch Program standard protocol.

Howell says fentanyl overdoses are a weekly occurrence and there’s been several deaths in Lambton County.