- Information obtained from Chief Mander and Dr. Bowes confirmed that several deaths related to drug abuse are documented each year in the Annapolis Valley. Data provided by the Chief Medical Examiner shows that 14 sudden deaths in 2010 in AVDHA are under investigation. Investigation has been concluded in 5 of these deaths and all are classified as being drug related. In two of the deaths evidence of opiate use was documented (along with other prescription drugs). Toxicology results and final classification are pending for remaining 9 cases.
- Both Chief Mander and the RCMP confirmed that they have found evidence of the diversion for abuse of prescriptions for opiates and other controlled substances (benzodiazepines) in AVDHA. Based on police information, for the most part, pills appear to be diverted to an illicit market in a variety of ways from prescriptions received and filled by patients within AVDHA. Gould Report May 2011
Ok , so this being said , what are the police doing to help?? I see they make a few busts on the radio and recover a few bottles of pills from the street every few weeks but what about tracing these pills back to the prescription itself ! I have not heard of a single doctor being disciplined since this issue hit the media in March 2011. If these prescriptions are being diverted from Annapolis Valley Health physicians than WHICH ONES?? Especially when they are called to a sudden death where drugs may be involved why are they not trying to find out where these people got the drugs to kill themselves!? We are never going to fix this problem unless we get to the SOURCE of the problem and stop be REACTIVE instead of PROACTIVE.
My brother died of an accidental overdose of dillaudid and alcohol. He did not have a prescription for dillaudid so how did he get it in his system?? Is it not the police’s responsibility to investigate how this narcotic ended up in my brothers system and into the hands of other young people who did not need it. The drug dealer who was selling these pills at the party has never been questioned to this day and neither has anyone from that party. The pill Josh took that night was DIVERTED from a LEGAL PRESCRIPTION . Most likely those drugs are still being diverted into the streets because the police have never investigated the source of the diverted prescription. My brother had no history of drug addiction and no criminal record. For all the police knew at the scene Josh could have been poisoned . He had been laying in the bed of an addiction counsellor’s home from the time he went to sleep until 3pm the next day !! He had been dead for MANY HOURS when the police arrived so why was the area not taped off and treated like a crime scene?? They have NEVER investigated where those drugs came from to this day !
After my experience with the police and knowing 14 other people possibly died a drug related death last year in Annapolis Valley it really makes me wonder. I can only imagine how awful those families must feel if their loved one who died was treated the same way as my brother . A piece of garbage . The police did not even call my family to tell us Josh had passed away . My doctor was not notified of Josh’s death until I went for an appointment weeks later and realized he had no idea!! How can this happen?? How can people care so little??? I have come to the realization the police are ALL TALK AND NO ACTION.