Pandemic period surge in opioid OD deaths is not about emotional or safety risks of isolation or a drug supply poisoned by fentanyl

by Clark Miller

Published March 28, 2022

Sources and reporters in Montreal were not compelled to provide distractions from the truth, instead accurately described the notable surges in opioid deaths as not timed with the acute stress of quarantine orders in March, the fear, loss of income, anxiety tied to the unknown, but later, as the acute economic, social and public health stressors were being addressed and moderated. Later, beginning in late April, or May, often not until June and following months, after subsidence of the acute stressors.

A pattern established as consistent by evidence we’ll examine in upcoming posts.

But for now –  

People who work with opioid users in Montreal say the city is well on its way to joining other parts of the country in seeing an overdose crisis.

Benoit Garneau, spokesperson for Urgences-Santé, the ambulance service for Montreal and Laval, told CBC News that paramedics started to notice a steep rise in overdoses at the start of the summer.

The increase began in June, spiking in July and staying high right through to last month, with 157 naloxone administrations in that period this year compared to 70 during the same period in 2019.

The numbers for October were especially troubling, with 40 naloxone administrations by paramedics compared to 10 for the same month last year.

Necessary opioid crisis fabrication 1 – 

Surges in opioid deaths over the COVID pandemic period are explained by social isolation decreasing responses to potentially lethal overdoses. 

From the report – 

That pandemic increase in naloxone responses represents bystanders or others in proximity to the user required to call in the overdose and contradicts the social isolation fabrication. As does additional objective evidence in this upcoming post –


Evidence like this, from a regional public health service report: that about 3 in 4 opioid overdoses occur with the user alone — “a statistic that has not changed during the pandemic.”

Necessary opioid crisis fabrication 2 – 

Surges in opioid deaths over the COVID pandemic period are explained by acute stress, fears, anxieties, other mental and mood disturbances.  

But in this report, as in others, opioid overdoses and deaths did not rise precipitously over March and April, when stressors and psychological responses would have been most severe, instead not until later months when those effects were moderating. 

Necessary opioid crisis fabrication 3 – 

Surges in opioid deaths over the COVID pandemic period are explained by the unpredictable and uncontrollable effects of novel emergence of fentanyl in the street drug supply. 

From the report – 

Morrisette said before June, public health officials were generally seeing cases of people struggling with addiction using heroin cut with small amounts of fentanyl. Since then, users are increasingly seeking out pure fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

Mary said he’s seeing the same thing. 

Seeking out fentanyl. That’s no surprise. Nor should it be that the increasingly lethal street fentanyl is obtained with MAT opioids as currency

Not to anyone who’s been paying attention. 

More to come. 

Why A Critical Discourse?

Because an uncontrolled epidemic of desperate and deadly use of pain-numbing opioid drugs is just the most visible of America’s lethal crises of drug misuse, suicide, depression, of obesity and sickness, of social illness. Because the matrix of health experts and institutions constructed and identified by mass media as trusted authorities – publicly funded and entrusted to protect public health – instead collude to fabricate false assurances like those that created an opioid crisis, while promising medical cures that never come and can never come, while epidemics worsen. Because the “journalists” responsible for protecting public well-being have failed to fight for truth, traded that duty away for their careers, their abdication and cowardice rewarded daily in corporate news offices, attempts to expose that failure and their fabrications punished.

Open, critical examination, exposure, and deconstruction of their lethal matrix of fabrications is a matter of survival, is cure for mass illness and crisis, demands of us a critical discourse.

Crisis is a necessary condition for a questioning of doxa, but is not in itself a sufficient condition for the production of a critical discourse.

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