Pharmacist baffled by mystery petitioner 0
Unknown man launches petition after Michael Kingston sent a letter to the City of Vancouver detailing plans for a new small-scale pharmacy in this building on West 2nd Avenue near the Olympic Village. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
A pharmacist in Vancouver has come down with a case of confusion after someone started a petition opposing his new operation over fears of methadone being dispensed — a practice most B.C. pharmacies conduct.
On Aug. 8, Michael Kingston sent a letter to the City of Vancouver detailing plans for a new small-scale pharmacy on West 2nd Avenue near the Olympic Village.
Kingston explained the West Village pharmacy would be located in a new, upscale building, dispensing methadone and selling other drugs. The letter stressed proper precautions would be taken, with no efforts to attract “new clients” for the synthetic opioid.
According to the Ministry of Health, the overwhelming majority of pharmacies in the province dispense the heroin substitute used to help addicts kick the drug.
A London Drugs just a couple of blocks from Kingston’s location also dispenses methadone.
But that hasn’t stopped an unknown man from canvassing the neighbourhood getting people to sign a petition to prevent the pharmacy from opening.
Kingston said he’s not sure why someone would want to roadblock his business.
“Maybe another small-scale pharmacy in the area, they could have sent someone in just to stir up some bad publicity just for their own business reasons,” said Kingston.
On Wednesday, 24 hours found the crusading petitioner, but he refused to give his name and wouldn’t divulge much about his opposition to the pharmacy.
“(There will) be more addicts here,” said the man. “It’s very simple.”
The man held papers with what looked like dozens of signatures and said he only had one day left to gather as many signatures as he could.
He wouldn’t answer further questions and crossed the street clutching his petition.
Kingston said he appreciates the public has a right to know about what’s happening in the city but said the situation sounds suspicious.
“These things can be blown out of proportion.”