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Fifth in a series of Black Press B.C. election coverage leading up to May 9 Four people dying on average each day in B.C. from an overdose is a statistic that is steadily becoming the norm. With the provincial election less than two weeks away, how the soon-to-be leader plans to combat and alleviate the growing death toll is top of mind for many voters. Since then-Health-Minister Terry Lake declared the opioid crisis as B.C.’s first health emergency, pressure has been put on the B.C. Liberals to make adequate moves to combat the hundreds of deaths. This includes increasing support for front-line workers, implementing a solid harm reduction strategy and having enough treatment beds available for those who need them. While close to $100 million has been doled out in funding, the deaths carry on often linked to the synthetic drug fentanyl. As the Liberals pledge to continue in the same fashion they wrapped up before election – committing to funding 250 additional beds by 2022 – the NDP are promising a new, dedicated ministry.
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