Two new health-care centres proposed for the Downtown Eastside amid a host of service changes on the way (Dr. Evan Wood)

During the past five years, mental-health and addiction problems have simultaneously intensified in Vancouver, and to shocking extents.

In 2015, there were 505 illicit-drug overdose deaths in B.C., more than double the number from five years earlier.

Dr. Evan Wood is medical director of VCH community addictions services. In a telephone interview, he said the facility will function as a one-stop shop for people seeking to overcome drug and alcohol issues, with a goal to eliminate barriers that prevent people from getting clean.

Travis Lupick reports

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