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Overdose deaths on the rise

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Medical Health officers are beginning work following the declaration of a public health emergency in British Columbia.

The provincial medical health officer made the move yesterday, following a significant increase in drug overdose deaths this year.

Medical Health Officer for the North Island, Charmaine Enns says the action allows medical health officers to collect more real-time information on overdoses.

Enns says historically there is, on average, one overdose death a week on Vancouver Island. She says there have been 40 since the start of the new year.

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