Officials are cautiously optimistic about a 2019 dip in fatal overdoses but other indicators suggest B.C.’s health emergency continues with no end in sight.
Overdose deaths in B.C. have declined through 2019. So far, it’s the first time since 2012 that the monthly average of deaths is lower than that of the year before. Is the crisis abating?
Dr. Patricia Daly is chief medical health officer and vice president of public health for Vancouver Coastal Health. She said the primary reason for the diverging trajectories of overdoses and fatal overdoses is likely B.C.’s push to expand harm-reduction services.
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