Overdose deaths in May more than total Covid deaths this year
British Columbia had 170 drug overdose deaths in May, more than the total Covid deaths so far this year.
I came to British Columbia in 1993.
They were talking about the drug issue then.
I heard the mayor of Vancouver say today: “we have got to do better,”
Heard that before, like hundreds of times.
Meanwhile, millions of dollars have been spent on the problem and it keeps getting worse.
Our pre-occupation with coronavirus has deflected our attention from a greater societal problem. The 170 deaths last month are a record surpassing the previous month record of 161 in 2016. And 93 per cent more than May of last year. And this after four years since the issue was declared a public disaster.
Starkly put: Covid has taken 167 people this year, Overdose deaths 554.
We must be doing something wrong if a four-year public emergency can’t arrest it.
All the talk and energy concerning covid and actual violence and law breaking concerning discrimination; yet hundreds more are dying from drug overdose.
Strange world it is.