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AUGUST 25, 2022

Since April 2016, when the province first declared it a Public Health Emergency, the devastating effects of the toxic drug crisis on British Columbia have grown more apparent by the month. Illicit drug overdoses are now overwhelmingly the leading cause of unnatural deaths in this province, far eclipsing other causes such as motor vehicle accidents and homicides. With more than 2,200 toxic drug deaths in 2021 alone – and more than 10,000 in total since April 2016 – this has sadly become common knowledge among British Columbians.

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