'It's like living in a war zone': Overdose calls spike in Vancouver

The volume of emergency calls for overdoses and opioid-related deaths spiked again last week, and this week promises to be no better.

Downtown Eastside residents endured the near continuous sound of sirens Wednesday after income assistance cheques were issued.

“Our women and elders tell me, ‘I hate cheque day. I don’t want to go to sleep because I don’t know who is going to be alive tomorrow,'” said Harsha Walia of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. “Some people are in a constant state of grief and, however people cope individually, there is a collective sense of trauma and death.”

By Randy Shore

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