Opioid Crisis: A Day of Action
Date(s) - 14/04/2021
Community Connections SE BC
On April 14, 2016, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in B.C.
Over 7000 British Columbians have died since the beginning of the Crisis. 2020 has been the worst year yet, with 1716 deaths. 19 of those deaths were in the East Kootenay’s (which is a 1800% increase from 2019). We have already had multiple fatal overdoses in Cranbrook & Kimberley in 2021.
On Wednesday April 14, 2021, ANKORS & The East Kootenay Network of People Who Use Drugs will be hosting a Day of Action, in recognition of 5 years since the declaration of the Opioid Crisis & to honour and remember our community members who are no longer with us due to failed drug policies.
We will be doing a peaceful protest at Cranbrook City Hall (11:00am), and then in the afternoon (1:00-4:00pm), we will be preforming drug checking, offering naloxone training, & other educational resources available. We will also have a pop-up OPS in the ANKORS Office. In the evening (time to be determined) we will be hosting a Remeberance Vigil over Zoom.
COVID19 Protocols will be in place, physical distancing will be enforced, and please wear a mask.