"The federal government locked down this country and then opioid deaths spiked. And the government what did they do? They gave bad advice and then spent millions on COVID vaccine campaigns instead of opioid awareness campaigns that would have saved lives," said Reid, the Alberta Bureau Chief for Rebel News and host of "The Gunn Show with Sheila Gunn Reid."
Reid said opioid poisoning has become a public health catastrophe in Canada.
"And based on federal government awareness spending, I don't think the government cares all that much. Because, frankly, they are the ones that made the opioid crisis as bad as it is, and they knew it from the very beginning of the lockdowns," Reid pointed out. (Related: Federal government announces new plan to tackle American opioid epidemic that kills 44 people a day... yet won't stop the FDA from approving such opioids.)
Documents acquired through a ministry inquiry indicated that $113 million was spent by Health Canada agencies on COVID and/or COVID vaccination advertising compared to just $1.5 million spent informing the public of the dangers of opioids.
Reid mentioned that Canada's chief public health officer Theresa Tam acknowledged the rise of opioid-related deaths in a seven-tweet thread in May 2020.
The host noted that those who died of COVID-19 were already dying due to comorbidities. Opioid, on the other hand, can kill healthy and strong individuals. Government data showed that there were a total of 32,632 opioid toxicity deaths between January 2016 and June 2022 in Canada.
She added that between January and June of 2022, there were 3,556 deaths for an average of 20 deaths per day.
"In 2016, the number of opioid deaths per day was just eight. In 2018, the number of deaths per day was 12. The pandemic lockdown sent that number skyrocketing up to 20. Loneliness, despair, job loss, lockdowns, isolation, all driving people to opioids and killing them," Reid stressed.
The Rebel News Canada chief reporter cited that males accounted for the majority of opioid deaths at 76 percent. She said that these are the very same people who take their lives because of financial strife.
"Opioids are claiming the young in the productive years of their lives. The majority of opioid poisonings are among people aged 20 to 59 and it's mostly fentanyl killing them, which is so often trafficked into the United States and into Canada from China," Reid said. "It has become a crisis that is killing the young, productive men in Canada and the government lockdowns have made it worse."
The majority of fentanyl deaths in Canada were in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. These provinces accounted for 90 percent of all opioid deaths in the country annually.
Reid said the billions spent on the COVID vaccines that did not work and the millions spent on awareness campaigns for the jabs could have saved thousands of lives from opioids.
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