Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Government Payments Contribute To Drug Deaths

Drug Deaths Spike In BC


B.C. Coroner services report a spike in drug deaths in the months of March (100) and April (117). This is the first time since Nov. 2018 that BC has experienced over 100 illicit drug deaths.

CERB benefits contribute to spike
outreach workers warn

People who work with those struggling with drug addictions are warning that the Canada emergency response benefit program (CERB) — Ottawa's primary support for households left without income due to the pandemic — is helping to fuel illicit drug use and may even have contributed to overdose deaths.

"I just know that all of us front-liners are really scared. We're scared for our clients," said Anne Marie Hopkins, head of peer outreach services for Ottawa Inner City Health.

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