PETERS – 4,000 overdose deaths more than enough to prompt drastic action

IT’S ONE OF THE IRONIES of our society that one person’s death can trigger a swell of emotion, but 4,000 deaths don’t cause a ripple.

B.C. just officially surpassed 4,000 deaths since the province declared a public health emergency due to the opioid overdose crisis.

But those are drug users, right? We say that to strip them of their humanity and justify our indifference.

Terry Lake, the former BC health minister, was on my show Balance of Power this week, once again mounting an impassioned argument for decriminalization as a great first step to solving this problem.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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1 Comment on PETERS – 4,000 overdose deaths more than enough to prompt drastic action

  1. Terry Lake is a gentleman who has never impressed me much. Sticking a needle in your arm by anyone,regardless of their place in society is the ultimate example of bad judgement. We’ve been hearing about the opioid crisis for a very long time. We’ve heard of decriminalizing the use of hard drugs for too long a time. There is one sure way of ending the problem and that is an automatic life sentence,no parole, for those non addicts convicted of dealing in hard drugs.I personally think they should also have a shot in the arm. Unfortunately we have too many bleeding hearts in modern day society who have a power well beyond their numbers. It wasn,t long ago that one was hung for murder and very shortly before that for stealing some one elses horse or cow. We are talking murder now. I was brought up in the 40’s and 50’s in Vancouver’s east end and the heroin addicts I was aquainted with are all long dead.
    It,s a problem that has gone on too long and must be remedied somehow. Also having crooked cops and lawyers and badly influenced judges doesn.t help.It,s long past due for some tough changes.some the rose coloured glasses crowd will find tough to accept.

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