A committee under the BC Centre for Disease Control is calling for easier access to a life-saving drug.
The B.C. Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership strategy includes several key recommendations.
- A call for easier access to naloxone, the drug that restores breathing within two to five minutes.
- Initiatives to improve overdose prevention education, training and services.
- Improve provincial collection and use of overdose data.
There’s also a recommendation to make the drug a non-prescription medication to allow family and friends of those at risk of overdosing to easily obtain the drug.
There were 465 apparent illicit drug overdose deaths last year in B.C., a 27-per-cent increase from 2014.