With at least 755 illicit drug overdose deaths in 2016, a family that experienced two of them is out with a sobering prediction.
The Jansen family says the crisis will continue to worsen.
Nicholas Jansen saw his brother and girlfriend die from fatal drug overdoses in a five month span last year.
Jansen, who started the Brandon Jansen Foundation with his mother in memory of his brother, says the provincial government is spending money on the crisis in the wrong places.
“When Christy Clark comes out and says that they’re spending money to help the crisis, I believe it’s just lip service. I believe she’s saying it because of my mother who’s putting heat on the government. This ‘Know Your Source’ campaign, all these other campaigns that have posters and awareness out there… That is so minuscule.”
Jansen says what’s needed is funding for treatment beds, a call that was echoed by Vancouver officials last month.
For it’s part last September, the province announced $10-million dollars towards an addiction treatment research and training center and joint task force.
This March will mark the dreaded one-year anniversary of Brandon Jansen’s death from a fentanyl overdose.
Five months later, his brother Nicholas lost his girlfriend Gwyn Staddon too.
Despite going to schools to spread awareness about fentanyl’s lethal nature, Nicholas Jansen says the problem won’t go away in 2017 because the provincial government isn’t doing more.
“I have not once heard one of their people say ‘we’re going to open up some treatment centres’ or ‘we’re going to open some emergency beds for detox patients’. What have they done so far? Posters.”
Jansen says until more treatment beds are opened, people like his brother and girlfriend will continue to die.