Overdose prevention worker honoured with award on day sobering death numbers released

A frontline overdose prevention worker was honoured for her work on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on the same day the B.C. Coroners Service released numbers on last month's overdose deaths.

St. Paul's Hospital honoured Sarah Blyth, founder of the Overdose Prevention Society, and her organization with a community leadership award on Wednesday.

Blyth said the release of the number of deaths, along with the nature of the ongoing crisis, made it difficult to enjoy the award, but she's hopeful it will bring attention to the growing problem.

Liam Britten reports

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