British Columbia’s provincial health officer has declared a public health emergency after a dramatic increase in the
number of overdose deaths in the province.
Dr. Perry Kendall says in the first three months of this year there has been more than 200 fentanyl overdose deaths and if that rate keeps up there will be 700 to 800 deaths this year.
This is the first time the provincial health officer has served notice under the Public Health Act to exercise emergency powers.
(The Canadian Press)