Opinion: New government can take immediate steps to address province’s drug crisis (Dr. Evan Wood)

Ambulances criss-cross urban areas responding to overdose calls. City morgues are unable to accommodate the number of citizens lost to toxic drugs. A prominent journalist who covers the gangsters in control of the lucrative illicit drug trade is threatened with death.

While this description might sound like a lawless Latin American failed state, this is the current reality in B.C. The province’s new government has an urgent task ahead.

As director of the province’s new B.C. Centre on Substance Use, I’ve been honoured to work with some of the province’s brightest and most dedicated in helping to craft the initial response to the current crisis. I have no doubt the death toll would be much higher if emergency actions undertaken to date had not been implemented, including the widespread distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone alongside a range of other efforts.

 Dr. Evan Wood writes

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