A staggering number of fentanyl-related deaths in Canada have health officials recommending authorities collaborate to fight the illegal drug.
B.C.’s deputy provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says a national approach could better address issues surrounding the drug.
“While we are doing fairly well in terms of measuring the problem related to other provinces, we are not all using the data sources we’re not all looking for the same thing, not all of us are monitoring things in the same way. It’s not a problem that is only seen in B.C.; it’s seen across the country. So a more coordinated approach would help us understand the issue.”
A study released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse says in Canada over the past five years, one person died in a fentanyl-related incident every three days.
In the past two weeks, four Metro Vancouver residents have died in fentanyl-related overdoses.