A collection of mayors from across Canada are calling for a streamlined standard on the gathering of data related to overdose deaths.
The Mayors’ Task Force has released a set of recommendations to the federal government, which suggest that local health authorities provide monthly overdose data to municipalities.
Thus far only Vancouver and Surrey receive that data, and many cities don’t even have up-to-date information.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who chairs the force, says the lack of data makes dealing with the crisis much more difficult.
He says giving cities access to that data will help them develop a better response to the ongoing overdose crisis.
The Force’s recommendations come on the one-year anniversary of B.C. declaring the overdose crisis a public health emergency.