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Parallel crises: How COVID-19 exacerbated B.C.’s drug overdose emergency (BCCSU)

Sources manager of substance use services George Passmore. (Photo credit: Vernon Morning Star)

Part 1: Officials say isolation, toxic drug supply, CERB, contributing to crisis

This is the first in a Peace Arch News series which takes a look how the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to B.C.’s overdose crisis, and what’s being done about it.

While an entire province mobilized overnight to protect its citizens against the spread of the novel coronavirus, a second, parallel, health crisis quietly ramped up, killing more than twice as many people as COVID-19.

A “Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies” document from the province and BC Centre on Substance Use predicted a spike in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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