Alerting the world to ‘China White’

The Penington Institute publishes the Anex Bulletin, for people working in the difficult world of distributing needles and syringes.

I was asked to write about the rise of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl, and its cousin Carfentanyl. These drugs are so dangerous that, as far as Carfentanyl is concerned, the equivalent of one grain of salt is enough to kill a person. The musician Prince was found to have had Fentanyl in his system when he died.

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How much of each drug is required to be fatal …

Outreach Coordinator at WASUA (The Western Australian Substance Users Association) Paul Dessauer was fantastic to interview, and incredibly knowledgeable about the subject.

It was a deeply disturbing topic to write about but the Penington Institute and the people who read the bulletin are doing incredible work, trying to keep Australia’s drug users as safe as is possible.

As a journalist, it’s always fascinating to cover an entirely new topic, and learn quickly about a world you hadn’t been aware of.

Don’t do drugs, kids. Seriously.

You can read the full story here.

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