Despite an increase of supervised injection sites, almost 1,500 people in the Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) died of illegal drug overdoses in 2018.
That’s a new provincial record for a jurisdiction that has seen drug overdoses continue to rise over the last decade, Global News reported Friday.
Supervised injection sites, where heroin users can legally ingest an illegal drug, have mushroomed across Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party came to power in 2015. There are nine such facilities in B.C. alone — four of them in Vancouver, the home of the first injection site in North America.