Opioid crisis not going away amid pandemic, and will 'kill more Canadians,' says Dr. Daniel Kalla
2020-05-29 from cbc.ca
As the country and the rest of the world grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the opioid crisis threatens to deepen and "kill more Canadians," says a Vancouver ER doctor.
"[COVID-19] knocked ... opioids right off the front page," Dr. Daniel Kalla told White Coat, Black Art.
"But this is a crisis that we both know isn't going away."
In British Columbia, a total of 113 people died of suspected illicit drug overdoses in March — the highest death toll in a year, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. Experts have warned fentanyl and other contaminants are still present in many illicit drugs.
Kalla says people were afraid to use safe injection sites or join other people because they feared contracting COVID-19.
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