In the past year, the opioid painkiller fentanyl has taken its toll on Canadian citizens, killing at least seven people in Canada.
On Monday, one of those deaths took place in Toronto.
The man, a 50-year-old woman from the Toronto area, died after taking fentanyl.
Police say the man had taken an overdose and was taken to hospital for emergency treatment.
The cause of death was never released.
She was found dead in her home.
Her family is calling for the drug to be banned.
“We are hoping that we can get some kind of agreement from the Government of Canada that we will not be seeing any more people dying in this country,” said Michael Wren, who owns a local pharmacy.
Wren has been working with the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse for more than a decade and says fentanyl is a big problem in the country.
He said fentanyl has become a big issue for people who are struggling to make ends meet.
“It’s an epidemic and we need to stop it,” he said.
Weren’t aware of fentanyl as an emergency drug When it comes to opioids, fentanyl has come to the forefront in recent years.
The drug was first used in the United States by police officers and is now commonly prescribed for non-medical purposes, including to treat opioid-induced pain.
However, fentanyl can be fatal when it hits the brain.
That’s why the Canadian Drug Enforcement Agency has banned the drug.
The government says it has also started requiring the manufacturing and packaging of fentanyl.
And fentanyl is often mixed with heroin and fentanyl is increasingly found in street-level heroin in the U.S. as well.
But the drug can be difficult to trace because it’s often bought online and smuggled.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse says that fentanyl can cause liver and kidney damage, kidney failure and death.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, fentanyl is classified as a Class A drug by the Canadian government, meaning it is considered a “significant risk” to public safety.
Wrenching effects of fentanyl The drug can have severe side effects and some people may develop suicidal thoughts.
But for some, fentanyl offers relief from pain.
It helps relieve the symptoms of physical pain and numbness in muscles, but some users report that it also helps ease the symptoms that come from a variety of other problems.
For some, it helps them stay alert and can even make it easier for them to get out of bed at night.
In fact, the Centre on Drug Policy and Research says that people with chronic pain who are addicted to opioids can experience severe and lasting physical and psychological side effects, including seizures, anxiety, depression, psychosis, psychosis-like symptoms, and suicidal thoughts and actions.
The Centre on Drugs and Alcohol says the drug’s effects can also lead to physical addiction.
“People who use fentanyl can have a chronic opioid use disorder and a physical dependence on opioids,” said Lori Williams, a senior researcher with the centre.
“If the opioids were replaced with a safer alternative, there would be less abuse and fewer deaths.”
The Center on Drugs, Alcohol and the Law says the number of people who die of fentanyl overdoses in Canada has risen steadily.
But it says there is no evidence to show that fentanyl has increased the risk of overdose or suicide.
That is because studies have been done in other countries that do not have as large a number of deaths.
For example, in Canada, the number that have died of fentanyl overdose or drug-related deaths have decreased by less than a quarter since 2007, Williams said.
But that trend may be changing.
Last year, a number, including a few in Toronto, were charged in relation to fentanyl.
That prompted the minister of health to order a review of the way fentanyl is prescribed.
Wearing gloves and face masks is not the norm for people prescribed fentanyl, but it is a mandatory measure in some provinces.
The centre also says fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Canada have dropped by more than half since 2006.
However the drug has also been linked to an increase in deaths among older people.
It can also cause psychosis and schizophrenia, but these problems are often difficult to detect because they can be masked by other factors.