An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
FRUSTRATION WITH what seems like the losing battle against opioid addiction was obvious Tuesday when Interior Health representatives talked to Kamloops City council.
Councillors aren’t drug-addiction experts and can’t be expected to have the answers, but it’s clear Interior Health hasn’t found them yet, either. Forty-eight people died in Kamloops of overdoses last year.
Mayor Ken Christian suggested that if the discussion was about someone dying in a swimming pool, on a hockey rink or in a crosswalk, “we would be all over it.”
The big difference is that swimming pools can be staffed with more life guards, hockey equipment can be improved, and crosswalks can be made safer with warning lights. Drug overdoses are a far more complicated challenge.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.