From opium to opioids: A look at British Columbia's illicit drug history (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

Hundreds of British Columbians have died from overdoses in recent months, but the powerful painkiller fentanyl isn’t the first drug to spark a crisis in the province. Here’s a look at British Columbia’s history with drugs.

But Dr. Thomas Kerr with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS says the program wasn’t ready when heroin faded from use, only to be replaced by powdered cocaine. Users who had been injecting once or twice a day now needed to inject between 20 and 30 times.

Gemma Karstens-Smith reports

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