As voters continue to wait to see just what form the next B.C. government takes, the opioid crisis continues to get worse.
And given that the province is going without a health minister while the dust settles, concerns regarding the crisis are now being brought front-and-centre.
That’s according to Sarah Blyth with the Overdose Prevention Society.
Blyth says the number of people who are using her supervised injection site continues to go up – in March it saw nearly 400 people in one day, and this week Blyth says it’s around 500 to 600.
And she says if the crisis continues to get even worse, it’s hard to know what action a government in limbo could take.
“So without a health minister or a government that’s stable, or knows where it is it’s hard to know that’s even going to work for us.”
She says even the two weeks it will take to reconcile the situation will come with a high cost.
“It didn’t get the attention it should have gotten in the election, and now to have to wait two weeks with four people dying every day on average, how many people is that? Every single day four people are dying in B.C.”
She says unlike everyone else, the deadly opioid crisis isn’t waiting for a new government.
“It means a couple more weeks of people dying, and a couple more weeks that people have to wait to see what’s going to happen in the future, and who’s going to be directing it.”
Blyth also says the election was a missed opportunity for candidates to highlight the opioid crisis.
Former B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake retired from politics at the start of the election. His successor has yet to be named.