fentanyl

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Even before coronavirus, there was an urgent need for clear communication, for translating science into plain language, for demystifying medicine and for reducing stigma around disease and disability. This type of science writing is even more critical during this global pandemic. 

In Jacob Bronowski’s 1973 book The Ascent of Man, based on the television series, he talks about the danger of an ‘aristocracy of intellect.’ He warns that keeping scientific knowledge only amongst such an aristocracy could “destroy the civilization that we know.” He writes:

A recent report indicated that 86% of street drugs tested at Insite, the safe injection site in Vancouver,  contain fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can make people sick and even kill them. There are many reasons to end the War on Drugs and to shift from criminalization to legalization and regulation.  A main one is to prevent those who use drugs from being poisoned by tainted substances.

"Cases of poisoning happen all too frequently."