Researcher will discuss opioid crisis during Vernon visit to Okanagan College

published on February 26, 2018 in Vernon Morning Star

Researcher digs deeper into the provincial overdose crisis

More than 1,400 people died in the province of British Columbia of illicit drug use in 2017, compared to 993 the previous year. According to the B.C. Coroners Service, fentanyl use has reportedly caused more than 80 per cent of suspected deaths last year.

How, exactly, did we get here?

That’s the question that will be put forward by renowned researcher, Cheyenne Johnson when she speaks at Okanagan College next week.

Johnson, who is the Director of Clinical Activities and Development at the British Columbia Center on Substance Use and the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, will share her perspective on the challenges of dealing with what some are calling the worst public health crisis in the province’s history, when she presents Beyond opioids: the overdose crisis—how did we get here? at the Vernon campus on Fri., March 9.

The talk is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series presented jointly by Okanagan College and the Okanagan Science Centre. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

In her lecture, Johnson will provide a broad overview of the current overdose crisis and will also focus on the key gaps to improving the substance use system of care in BC. Key topics discussed will include stigma, science and social policy.

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