Thursday, February 2, 2017

Addictions should be treated with the same urgency as wildfires

John Horgan, Leader of the Official
Opposition in the BC Legislature
Thank you John Horgan, Leader of the Official Opposition, for speaking out about the overdose crisis. This is what compassion, clear-thinking and determination looks like.

January 31, 2017. Source: CBC.ca

OPINION, BCNDP Leader, John Horgan

Addictions should be treated withthe same urgency as wildfires

We lost 914 people to overdoses last year.

Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, and partners were stolen away from those they loved. We need to work together on this issue. Think of wildfires. We never wait to check the budget before putting the fires out. We get at it right away.

When we’re in crisis, we need to come together and we need to address that crisis as a community. I know all British Columbians share my disappointment that the government has been slow to get this issue under control.

Right now, emergency responders are stretched to the breaking point. The response to the fentanyl crisis has largely rested on their shoulders, and the shoulders of community members. Without their heroic efforts, many more would have been lost.

Yet, nearly a year after the Christy Clark government branded the fentanyl crisis as a public health emergency, ambulances and naloxone remain one of the only responses available to stem the tide of deaths.