Overdose crisis unites diverse group – Times Colonist

August 29, 2017

For the past several months, a group of frontline workers, illicit-drug users and parents have met to discuss how they can better inform the public on the one thing that unites them: The overdose crisis.

“It’s such a diverse mix of people, but we’ve all been affected,” said Leslie McBain, a founding member of Moms Stop the Harm.

She lost her only son, Jordan Miller, to an opioid overdose in 2014. She has helped support other parents and has become a respected advocate at all levels of government.

Almost 2,000 people have died from illicit-drug deaths in B.C. since 2016, with more than 283 of those deaths on Vancouver Island. Despite an emergency health crisis being called, a prolific dispersal of the opioid antidote naloxone and dozens of overdose-prevention sites being opened, the crisis is getting worse, according to monthly statistics from the coroners service.

Read More: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/diverse-group-unites-for-upcoming-overdose-awareness-day-1.22261992

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