Chicago logged a record 762 murders in 2016, most of them by hand guns.
Vancouver, while much smaller than the Windy City, saw hundreds of deaths from fentanyl overdose including six in one day, nine in one weekend.
Last month the B.C. coroner’s office issued an urgent warning after at least 11 people in the province died on one day, six in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Fentanyl, often mixed by traffickers with heroin or cocaine, is up to 100 times more toxic than morphine. B.C. victims include addicts with jobs, families and children as well as those in Vancouver’s infamous “shooting gallery.”
Province wide, B.C. logged 555 overdose deaths in the first three quarters of 2016, 374 of them fentanyl overdoses.