GINTA – Ignoring a problem does not make it go away; it just makes it bigger

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.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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1 Comment on GINTA – Ignoring a problem does not make it go away; it just makes it bigger

  1. A local government official once told me ” you need to pick your battles” which unfortunately for all of us translates in pick the easy, non-controversial ones. In general we, as a society, are sliding more and more into complacency and apathy and the suffering will continue and grow.

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