BC to announce new measures to prevent future illicit drug poisonings

Mental Health and Addiction Minister Sheila Malcolmson will make an announcement today on efforts to combat the current public health crisis.

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VICTORIA – British Columbia is ready to announce its next step in preventing future deaths from drug intoxication.

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Mental Health and Addiction Minister Sheila Malcolmson will make an announcement today on efforts to combat the current public health crisis.

Figures released in September by the BC Coroners Service show there were 1,204 illicit drug toxicity deaths between January and the end of July, a 28% increase over the same period in 2020.

the judge of instruction says the first seven months of this year were the deadliest since a health emergency was declared in 2016, and July was the 17th consecutive month that more than 100 BC residents died from a toxic drug supply.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe, an overdose prevention worker, and Senator Larry Campbell, former BC Chief Coroner and former member of the police anti-drug squad, will join Malcolmson. in the event.

Reference-vancouversun.com

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