It appears that the number of drug deaths only gets worse. The figures released by the BC Coroner Service for March are even worse than the ones we had back in February. March has 161 drug overdose deaths in the province. This is not a good sign, as the month before has 102 deaths.
Fentanyl is one of the most significant dangers
Fentanyl was involved in more than eight in every 10 of those deaths. The number should worry us, and it shows us once again how dangerous fentanyl can be. The death toll rises constantly, and it appears that we are not able to slow it down.
Decimating the adult population
Seven in every 10 of those who died between 19 years old and 49. It was also discovered that more than 90 percent of those who died had done this indoors. Additionally, there were no persons who died at an overdose prevention site. This shows us that most addicts hide in their own homes and it is hard to tell when someone is struggling with addiction.
The drug deaths number should alarm us. It is time to make a change and help those who have problems with addiction. It is crucial that they have access to the services they need. Judgment is also something that we should avoid altogether.
Every community is affected, even if it is more complicated for some of them. That is why we should take a look around and realize that even regular persons can be affected. The opioid battle can be more difficult for those who live in poverty.
Addiction should be considered a health problem, and to solve it, we should start to be decriminalizing possession of drugs. Then, we can begin to treat those who are addicted.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca