Province and Feds Working Together Against Overdoses
Prince George, B.C.- The Province and the Federal Government have signed a Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis.
The agreement follows two days of talks between the Provincial Government and Federal Minister of Health Jane Phillpott.
The Province brought the issue to Ottawa, and B.C.’s Minister of Health, Terry Lake says the crisis “is one of the most severe public health emergencies of our time, and while the situation is most acute in British Columbia, no jurisdiction is
Since January of this year, 622 people in B.C. have died as a result of an overdose. That is twice the number of deaths from car crashes in all of 2015.
The Province has been calling on the Federal Government to repeal Bill C-2 to make it easier to set up safe injection sites, and to ban pill presses. “We also need to speed up the approval of new forms of treatment for opioid addiction, so people have more options to find what works for them” says Minister Lake..
The Province has also called upon Ottawa to help stem the flow of fentanyl into Canada by stepping up diplomatic negotiations with countries such as China and Mexico, and equip Canadian Border Services and the RCM with the tools they need for border control and to get fentanyl off the streets.