- Superintendent Michelle Davey posted the shocking photograph on Twitter
- Vancouver has a massive problem with fentanyl abuse – a synthetic opioid
- Fentanyl is more powerful than heroin and far cheaper than the traditional drug
- Vancouver paramedics dealt with 130 suspected fentanyl overdoses on one day
Pigeons in Vancouver have been using hypodermic syringes left behind by the city’s drug addicts to build their nests.
A shocking picture was posted on Twitter by Superintendent Michelle Davey, who has been battling the city’s growing opioid crisis.
The image shows three white eggs resting on dozens of used syringes inside the sink of a grotty hotel.
A pigeon has made a nest using used syringes in an abandoned hotel in Vancouver
According to CTV Vancouver, the Single Residency Occupancy hotel in the city’s Downtown Eastside area which is ‘ground zero’ in the battle against drugs.
Many addicts have been overdosing on the synthetic fentanyl – which is cheaper and more powerful than heroin.
According to Sergeant Randy Fincham: ‘The picture was shared with the public to show the reality of drug use in the Downtown Eastside and to provide a rare glimpse into the lives of first responders, health care providers, and others involved in the opioid crisis.’
It is understood that emergency workers in the city dealt with 130 suspected fentanyl overdoses on April 27.
In British Columbia, it is expected that 1,300 people will die of overdoses in 2017.
Figures from the BC Coroner’s Service said there were 120 deaths in March related to the drug – an increase of 50 per cent on 2016.