The BC Coroners Service says 1,103 people died in the first nine months of the year due to suspected illicit drug overdoses. A total of 982 people fatally overdosed in British Columbia in all of 2016. The service says 80 illicit drug deaths were recorded in September alone. The new numbers show fentanyl has been detected in about 83 per cent of fatal overdoses this year, up 147 per cent over the same period in 2016. In most cases, the powerful opioid painkiller was combined with other drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The statistics show nine out of every 10 deaths occurred indoors.
I know this is being hyped as a major crisis by governments at all levels, but isn't the answer simply to get off dope? If people can't realise that on their own , and we can't forcibly detain them in a detox facility, then this will continue unabated, no matter what social programs the government implements.
BC leads the nation in drug deaths by far. They also opened the first INSITE supervised drug injection place in Vancouver. This is not a coincidence. Catering to drug users maybe is not such a good idea but it is progressive social engineering and that is what counts.