Overdose crisis affecting more British Columbians than COVID-19: survey

published on September 11, 2020 by Jon Hernandez in CBC News - BC

A lot has changed in the four years since Michelle Jansen tragically lost her son, Brandon, to a fentanyl overdose.

There have been government awareness campaigns, increased funding for treatment centres and a swath of new overdose prevention sites across the province.

Those are changes that might have given her hope in the past. But with overdose deaths reaching record highs in B.C., she fears the crisis is spiralling out of control.

“Even though people are having the conversation, they’re not in my opinion dealing with the overdose crisis with the urgency that’s required,” Jansen told CBC News outside her Coquitlam home.

“We’re losing five or six people a day.”…

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