BC crisis

There was a record number of drug overdose deaths in BC last year and the provincial government wants Ottawa to help with the crisis.

914 people died of overdoses from illicit drugs up nearly 80 per cent from the year before.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe called the arrival of fentanyl on the streets a game-changer.

Provincial Health Minister Terry Lake says it’s not just a provincial problem, and Ottawa should declare a national public health emergency.