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More support needed to decrease Fentanyl deaths

The Province of British Columbia is stepping up support in an effort to slow the tide of deaths from Fentanyl. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy has announced the province is beefing up...

Opioid Training for Construction Workers

Members of the Vancouver Island Construction Association are being offered opioid awareness training. The Association has teamed up with Island Health to help trades-people understand who is at risk, what kinds of illicit drugs...

BC Coroners Service Releases Latest OD Numbers

The numbers of those dying as as result of illicit drug use in British Columbia keeps on climbing. There were 80 suspected drug overdose deaths in BC in September and so far this year, 1103...

Have Your Say on Recreational Pot Regulations

There’s still time to have your say on how British Columbia should regulate the use of non-medical cannabis when the Federal government makes it legal next July. The Province is aiming to build a provincial...

City Cracking Down On Bad Behaviour

A rash of incidents at the Community Centre is forcing the City of Campbell River to crack down. A wave of inappropriate acts have taken place at the Centre, including drug usage and alcohol...

Chief Coroner Says Overdose Crisis Is Getting Worse

The BC Coroners Service has released the numbers on illicit drug deaths in April. 136 people died from illicit drug overdoses - almost double the number from April of last year. Chief Coroner...

New overdose prevention site in Campbell River

Overdose prevention services has been expanded on the North Island. A new services site has been set up in Campbell River, in partnership between Island Health and AIDS Vancouver Island. North Island Medical Health...

RCMP arrest 2 suspected drug dealers

Campbell River RCMP is working to limit the impact of the opioid epidemic. Two men suspected of being drug dealers were arrested in Willow Point. Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard says this is a serious...

Many lessons learned in year since BC’s public health emergency declaration

The North Island Medical Health Officer says a lot of lessons have been learned in the year since a public health emergency was declared in BC. This weekend marked the one year anniversary since the...

February OD stats released by BC Coroner

BC's Chief Coroner is searching for solutions to the province's overdose death toll. The latest report from the province shows 102 people died from illicit drug overdoses last month (almost doubling the total of...

Reducing the number of illicit drug deaths in BC

The coroner's inquest into the death of Brandon Jansen has issued 21 recommendations to reduce the toll of illicit drug deaths. Jansen died last year while he was a resident at a treatment centre...

Government increasing supports to reduce number of overdose deaths

December was the deadliest month to date for overdose deaths in British Columbia. Numbers from the BC Coroners Service show 142 people died last month - with 914 deaths through 2016. Minister of Health Terry...

Naloxone kits important in helping save lives

Over the past year, Island Health has trained more than 600 staff members at nearly 60 sites on how to administer Naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose anti-dote. Tamara Barnett, a Street Outreach Nurse, says  it's...
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