The Prime Minister will be in the Lower Mainland area and on Vancouver Island in coming days.
Trudeau will be in Victoria on Thursday and then in the City of Vancouver on Friday to get a first-hand look for himself of the drug overdose situation.
CKNW is told Trudeau will be involved in a ride along with Vancouver city police on Friday mainly in the Downtown Eastside area to get a look for himself as to what’s really going on out there.
BC’s Health Minister says he’s glad the Prime Minister will get a first-hand look at the how the opioid crisis has affected the province.
“There are people working on the front lines that will be very happy to see Canada’s Prime Minister first hand taking a look at this public health crisis that we’ve got here in B.C.”
As far as what meetings he will have with Trudeau, Lake says the details are still being worked out.
Ann Livingston with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users hopes Trudeau declares a national public health emergency over the opioid crisis.
“We really need a much more in-depth examination of how we’re going to do the right thing for the longer term and really not just spend all our time running around with syringes full of Narcan trying to deal with individual overdoses. That we take a really hard look at who are these people how did they end up here.”
Livingston says homelessness and housing affordability should also be declared a national emergency.