Panel calls for urgent action on safer drug supply in B.C. to prevent overdoses
published on March 9, 2022 by Camille Bains in Winnipeg Free Press
VICTORIA – A report into an investigation of 6,007 overdose deaths in British Columbia calls on the province to urgently develop a policy to distribute a safer supply of drugs and offer better health supports with a plan that would see action taken over 30, 60 and 90 days.
The death review panel report released Wednesday by chief coroner Lisa Lapointe’s office sets a deadline of May 9 for the government to create a safer supply policy in collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the BC Centre on Substance Use.
“Although a number of provincial initiatives have been undertaken in an attempt to address the drug toxicity crisis, these initiatives have not been sufficient to stop the rising death toll,” he told a news conference. “A new approach is required, one that includes a specific focus on the toxic drug supply.”…View the full article