Nearly 500 people in British Columbia have died of poisoned drugs in the first three months of 2021 alone, signalling no slow in fatalities on the heels of the province’s most fatal year on record. March saw 158 lives lost across the province, 40 per cent more than the same month last year, for a total of at least 498 deaths. Last year, at least 1,723 people died of poisoned drugs.

That’s about five people dying of drug overdoses per day, as the province approached five years since the overdose crisis was declared a public health emergency. In a statement similar to remarks made in previous months — save for the updated numbers and date — Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson said “the effects of two public health emergencies have taken an immense toll.”  Read the rest of this article at The Tyee…

Image: Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson announced on April 14, 2021 a three-year $45-million investment by the province for services to prevent drug overdoses, and a request to the feds to decriminalize drug possession. Photo: BC Government.