Portugal drug czar Dr. João Goulão offers advice on the fentanyl crisis ahead of his first visit to Vancouver (Crosstown Clinic)

The architect of Portugal’s drug-policy framework, widely considered the most progressive in the world, says there is no silver bullet for North America’s fentanyl crisis.

“It is a difficult problem,” Dr. João Goulão told the Straight by phone. “I have no magical insight for it.”

Illicit drugs are on track to kill more than 1,500 people in B.C. this year, up from an annual average of 204 deaths recorded between 2001 and 2010. So far in 2017, the B.C. Coroners Service has detected fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, in 78 percent of drug fatalities.

Travis Lupick reports

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