Don’t be a statistic.
That’s the message from the B.C. Coroners Service going into the party-heavy New Year’s Eve, as the province grapples with a deadly overdose epidemic.
Coroner Barb McLintock says if you’re feeling tempted to add a little illicit sparkle to your New Year’s party, think again.
“If there’s any way to avoid doing illicit drugs this weekend, avoid doing them. Any time doing them is risky, but it’s so much more risky now. And if you’re not addicted to the point where you have to do them, just don’t. Enjoy your nice glass of wine to celebrate the New Year.”
McLintock says the biggest concern is still opioid addicts, she says tainted party drugs remain a real, and deadly risk.
“We used to talk about knowing your source. You can’t know your source anymore because your source doesn’t know his or her source.”
McClintock adds anyone who feels they must do drugs should have Naloxone, and not be alone.
Overdoses have killed more than 755 British Columbians already this year.