IT WAS INTERNATIONAL Overdose Awareness Day on Monday. It’s heartbreaking that we have one, but that’s a conversation for another day.
For now, let’s think of everyone who lost a loved one to drug overdose, whether a child, a parent, a spouse, a sibling or a friend. It is impossible to imagine. And yet, it’s not a far away problem, nor is it an isolated one. People from all walks of life become equally vulnerable when fighting addiction.
The latest numbers reveal a sinister reality: In 2020 in B.C., more people have died of drug overdose then of all other death causes combined.
In July alone, that number came to 175. A crisis of gargantuan proportions matched by the immeasurable pain felt by those left behind.