BC Fails to Slow Rising Deaths from Toxic Drugs

published on February 9, 2022 by Moira Wyton in The Tyee

Toxic drugs killed 2,224 people in British Columbia in 2021, the highest number ever, the BC Coroners Service reported today.

In November and December — the most deadly months on record with 210 and 215 people dead — an average of seven people died every day.

Despite government promises of action, deaths increased 26 per cent in 2021, as potent and unpredictable combinations of illicit street drugs increased and provincial efforts to expand prescribed safe supply and decriminalization stalled.

“After six years of this, it’s clear we’re not learning from these mistakes, and we’re wasting our mistakes and wasting our lessons and people are dying,” said Guy Felicella, a peer advisor at the BC Centre on Substance Use…

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