Drug Overdoses Kill Four a Day in BC, and Inaction and Apathy Are to Blame (Crosstown Clinic)

“People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it’s so painful, you’d rather die.” — Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society

The day you read this column, four people in British Columbia will die of a drug overdose, two-thirds due to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

“We need to expand the Crosstown Clinic immediately,” says Blyth, referring to the Downtown Eastside clinic run by Providence Health Care with federal approval that provides prescription heroin to addicts — a way of ensuring they don’t accidentally ingest fentanyl-laced street drugs.

Bill Tieleman reports

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