THERE’S NO EASY way to reduce drug overdose deaths but a simple first step is to provide users with safe opioids. The hard part will take time.
The grim toll of deaths – of community leaders and ordinary citizens – marches on relentlessly. In just eight months of 2017, more British Columbians died of drug overdoses than the whole year before.
Lots of things don’t work. Still, politicians persist in the tried and unproven. B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth echoed concerns that rose in meetings with federal and provincial public safety ministers:
“We strongly believe that if you’re dealing fentanyl, you’re dealing death, and you should be facing much more severe penalties such as manslaughter charges,” Farnworth said (Globe and Mail, October 19, 2017.)
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.