A recent tweet from the Federal Health Minister about the overdose crisis has B.C.’s counterpart wondering when the feds are going to get behind their words.
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott tweeted last night that the opioid crisis is nothing short of a national health emergency but has not declared it an emergency.
The opioid crisis is nothing short of a national public health emergency, and today the NDP joined with us to come closer to passing C-37.
— Jane Philpott (@janephilpott) February 1, 2017
Now, Minister Terry Lake says he wants her to take the next step.
“I commented on her tweet saying well, then, let’s declare it a national health emergency and let’s get the federal resources on the ground here in B.C.”
But he says she hasn’t replied to his comment.
Then why hasn't it been declared? Why no federal resources to deal with this national public health emergency? https://t.co/jlxrJQKcRW
— Terry Lake (@TerryLakeMLA) February 2, 2017
Lake says it appears the federal government wants to be seen to be doing something about the crisis but that hasn’t translated into action to save lives today.
“We could have more mobile medical units set up like we do in the downtown eastside. The federal government could come in and do that tomorrow with federal resources.”
More than 900 people died of overdoses in B.C. last year, more than twice the number of people killed in car crashes.