Comment: Declare an emergency over opioid crisis

Times Colonist, NOVEMBER 17, 2018

Our premiers need to call upon our prime minister and his Liberal government to declare this crisis a national public-health emergency, so real changes can be made to save lives now. Canada’s chief public-health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, stated that: “Tragically, in 2016, there were more deaths from opioid-related deaths than from the HIV epidemic in 1995. This is a major public-health crisis in Canada.”

Our governments are responsible for the safety of their citizens, and they have the responsibility to do all they can to stop preventable deaths. Tragically, optics and the fear of losing votes are preventing this.

John and Jennifer Hedican are Ryan’s parents. Megan and Kyle are his sister and brother. They live in Courtenay.

Comment: Declare an emergency over opioid crisis