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B.C. citizens can now provide input to tackle toxic drug problem

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Key takeaways: 

  • Public consultation is available till Aug. 5; B.C. is on the way to reaching last year’s record death toll from harmful drugs.
  • Flags depicting the lives lost due to drug overdoses are pictured during a Moms Stop The Harm memorial on April’s sixth anniversary of the opioid public health crisis in Vancouver. 
  • As part of a legislative committee, the government is asking the public to supply input on how it can prevent deaths.

British Columbians are advised to contribute to a government consultation on the harmful drug emergency, which persists in seeing an average of more than six citizens die of an overdose daily.

The public consultation is part of the regional standing committee on health, which was created before this year and involved MLAs from all three local parties. 

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British Columbians are advised to contribute to a government consultation on the harmful drug emergency, which persists in seeing an average of more than six citizens die of an overdose daily

It seeks to guide the government in preventing an increasing number of people from dying from an acidulated illicit-drug supply in the area.¬†Figures released Thursday show that B.C. is on the way to match last year’s 2,265 overdose casualties, with 940 demises recorded from January till May.

“It’s essential that we open this up to the public because this is a problem that is impacting people everywhere in British Columbia, across all sectors,” stated B.C. Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau, a standing committee member.

Source – CBC News

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