B.C.'s overdose crisis may be 'new normal,' no matter what politicians say

'I'm really worried we're running out of ideas on how to respond to this,' says journalist
CBC (Canada)
Saturday, September 30, 2017

British Columbia has been in a public health emergency since April 14, 2016. At the time, the government said it was implemented to "help prevent future overdoses and deaths by better targeting outreach, bad drug warnings, awareness campaigns and distribution of naloxone training and kits." Since that time, there have been more targeted outreach, more awareness campaigns, and especially more distribution of naloxone kits — allowing regular citizens to administer the medication that quickly blocks the effects of overdoses. And yet, from January to July this year, 876 people died of an overdose in British Columbia.