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BC’s illicit drug crisis reaches eight year anniversary; 14,000 lives claimed

Premier David Eby admits there’s much more that needs to be done, to gain control of the toxic drug crisis in B-C.

Yesterday (Sunday), marked the eighth anniversary of the declaration of a provincial health emergency.

Since then, more than 14-thousand people have died of toxic drug overdoses.

Eby says the situation has had a catastrophic impact on families across the province.

He adds his government is committed to establishing and improving mental health and addictions-care services in the province.

According to data released by the BC Coroners Service, o ver six people a day on average lost their lives to a toxic drug overdose in BC during February.

In the Northern Health region , 19 people passed away from an overdose in February, with 13 of those fatalities occurring in Prince George.

with files from Vista Radio newswire

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