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Conservatives call for changes to address overdose crisis

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:58 PDT, Tue October 20, 2020

Following the latest report by the BC Coroners Service showing drug overdose deaths have more than doubled from 60 in September 2019 to 127 at the same point this year, Conservative BC leader Trevor Bolin is once again calling for immediate changes to be made.

“While previous governments have wasted funds warehousing people, to hide the problem, we need to deal with this issue and the underlying cause head on,” Bolin said.

“This isn’t just unacceptable, these numbers are deplorable. For years, communities large and small across BC have been asking the provincial government for help battling local addictions and overdose deaths, but to no avail.”

The Conservatives say they will work with communities, local government and stakeholders—including support groups and individuals—to ensure treatment and rehabilitation facilities are put in place.

“Only then, by taking this hands-on, made-in-BC approach, will we find the solutions that are needed”, Bolin concluded.

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