VICTORIA, B.C. - As National Overdose Awareness Day approaches and BC Coroners Service reveals over 190 lives lost to the toxic and unregulated drug supply in July, it is time to move beyond generic statements and demand transparency in the measures being taken to prevent further loss of life.
“Year after year, month after month, we have witnessed the devastating toll of unregulated toxic drugs on our communities,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “While condolences and expressions of sorrow are appreciated, it is no longer good enough to simply acknowledge the problem. Concrete actions must be taken, and progress must be reported month to month.