12-year-old becomes youngest person to die of overdose in B.C. during pandemic
May 05, 2021 | CTV News

VICTORIA — Adriana Londono is trying to come to terms with the fact that she will never get to see her 12-year-old daughter again. “She was too young to go,” said Londono. Her daughter Ally died of a suspected fentanyl overdose on April 14. “I was told that she was the youngest to die fr...

The “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization will set a dangerous precedent for drug users across Canada
May 03, 2021 | The Mainlander

VANDU Open Letter: The City’s current “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization will set a dangerous precedent for drug users across Canada In November 2020, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a motion to request that the federal government decriminalize the simple possession of illicit dr...

Street drugs poisoned with benzos can lead to ‘catastrophic’ overdoses: advocate
April 29, 2021 | Yahoo News Canada

VANCOUVER — A drug policy adviser to the City of Vancouver is warning of a dangerous drug saturating British Columbia’s illicit supply in much the same way fentanyl did several years ago. Karen Ward said unregulated benzodiazepines, or benzos, make overdoses more complex because they are oft...

British Columbia officially requests decriminalization of drug possession
April 27, 2021 | Drug & Alcohol Testing Association of Canada

On the fifth anniversary of declaring B.C.’s public health emergency for overdose deaths, B.C. will officially request a federal exemption from Health Canada to decriminalize personal possession of drugs. Since April 14, 2016, the BC Coroners Service reports illicit drugs have claimed the lives of...

Drug overdose deaths in Manitoba surge by 87% in 2020
April 20, 2021 | CBC News

On average, at least one person died per day of a drug overdose in Manitoba last year, according to new figures obtained by CBC News. Between January and December 2020, 372 people lost their lives to overdoses in the province, which exceeds all of 2019 by 87 per cent, according to preliminary data ...

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