19 youth have died from overdoses, B.C.’s top doctor tells parents

Dr. Perry Kendall has penned a letter, as 19 youth have overdosed since 2016.

B.C.’s provincial health officer has written a letter, urging parents to speak to their children about the dangers of substance use, amidst the deaths of 19 youth from overdoses since 2016.

The letter will be distributed by schools across the province.

RELATED: Two local mothers share grieve loss of their sons to fentanyl

It asks parents to discuss the risks of overdoses, nearing the summer months when young people may experiment. “Non-judgmental and supportive conversations about substance use and overdose risks can save lives,” Kendall writes.

According to current statistics, fentanyl has been the cause of about two-thirds of overdoses in B.C., being detected alonsgide heroin, methadone and codeine as well as cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamines.

RELATED: 488 illicit drug overdose deaths so far in B.C.

Seven people aged 10 to 18 years old have already overdosed this year, according to the most recent report from the BC Coroner, including a 16 year-old-girl from MDMA in New Westminster last month.

Contrary to some reports, fentanyl has not been found in marijuana, Kendall also writes.

He says that parents should remind their children of the new federal Good Samaritan law, which protects people from charges of possession if they call 9-1-1 to report an overdose, and train children on how to use nalaxone kits, if appropriate.

Friday’s letter comes at the same time as a regional conference being hosted by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, focussing on new strategies aimed at helping control the ongoing drug overdose crisis.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Letter to Parents and Guardians-talk to Your Youth About Substance Use by Ashley Wadhwani on Scribd

Just Posted

Police on motorcycles tap on windows of distracted drivers

Nanaimo RCMP Supt. Cameron Miller said a police motorcycle has been effective in enforcement

VIU, City of Nanaimo collaborating on geese management

City staff have not discussed cull with council

VIDEO: Canada C3 celebrates Canada 150, raises subject of reconciliation

Research icebreaker, travelling the country’s oceans as part of 150 celebrations, docks in Nanaimo

Kellers Jewellers in Lantzville suffers damage in break-in

Incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 21, says Nanaimo RCMP

Petroleum spill temporarily closes crab fishing dock

Dock closed for public safety after oily sheen forms on water off Maffeo Sutton Park

V.I. Raiders win B.C. football championship

Nanaimo’s junior team defeated the Westshore Rebels 21-7 Saturday on a rainy night in Victoria

Nanaimo Clippers win back-to-back games on home ice

The Clips defeated the Coquitlam Express 4-3 and the Prince George Spruce Kings 5-2

Campbell River teen has been missing almost a week

Public is asked to circulate images of Jordan Holling, 17, who went missing Monday

Island college instructor describes ‘unprecedented’ astronomical discovery

Comox Valley instructor’s research involves explaining the production of chemical elements in stars

Jewelry store smashed up with crowbar, silver and gold stolen

Owner of Kellers Jewellers said the most expensive items were locked away in a safe

Designs revealed for downtown conference centre hotel

A development permit application for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel has been submitted

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Most Read