Editorial: Dealing with addiction a monumental task
The startling numbers of deaths from illicit drug overdoses, mainly related to fentanyl, has put B.C.’s medical system into crisis mode.
Although deaths have declined each month since January, the increase over last year (year to date) is more than 60 per cent. At least 488 people have died so far this year compared with 505 in all of 2015.
Health authorities on the front lines of this crisis have stepped up distribution of naloxone kits (the antidote that blocks the fatal effects of fentanyl), which are available at more than 297 sites across B.C., including federal and provincial correctional facilities and hospital emergency departments.
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