Speaking from Ottawa, B.C.’s Premier says there is clearly much work to be done to combat the staggering number of deaths from opioid overdoses this year.
But, Christy Clark says she left a meeting with federal officials today feeling optimistic.
Clark says that by making fentanyl antidote Naloxone available without prescription, the federal government has saved thousands of lives.
Now she hopes to work with our Foreign Affairs minister on the diplomatic front.
“Coming to some agreement with China, which is the major source country for fentanyl, just as the Americans have done on an agreement that will get them focused on controlling the entry of this drug to our country.”
The increasing number of overdose deaths is being treated as a public health emergency in B.C.
This year an average of two people a day have died.
The coroner’s service says for the first time OD deaths will surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents in B.C.