The 'other' public health crisis
There's another public health crisis killing Canadians in record numbers.
In May, 170 people died from illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. It's the worst death toll in the province's history. And it's not just B.C., people are overdosing all over the country, particularly in Ontario and Alberta.
Garth Mullins is a documentarian and host of the award-winning podcast Crackdown. It was created to cover the opioid crisis from the perspective of drug users themselves.
We spoke with Mullins back in April about how COVID-19 was affecting people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Today, we talk about what's driving the unprecedented number of deaths — and why this long-running public health crisis isn't being prioritized.