Ending the Toxic Drug Crisis Means Addressing Racism and Colonialism – FNHA

Sep 02, 2021

Cheyenne Johnson (Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation) is Executive Director of the BC Centre on Substance Use, and Dr. Nel ​Wieman (Little Grand Rapids First Nation) is Acting Deputy ​Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.

This past week, on International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), communities across BC and Canada commemorated the thousands of lives lost to drug poisoning – and called for action to end policies that are creating harms around the world.

Here in BC, it was the sixth International Overdose Awareness Day since the province declared the toxic drug crisis a public health emergency. Over 7,000 people have died of a toxic drug poisoning since that declaration, with no end in sight. In fact, that same day BC’s Chief Coroner shared that the first six months of 2021 have been the deadliest on record.

Read More: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/ending-the-toxic-drug-crisis-means-addressing-racism-and-colonialism

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