Addiction and mental illness in Victoria
Posted 03 July 2019 - 11:44 AM
Edited by A Girl is No one, 03 July 2019 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 13 August 2019 - 03:01 PM
No foul play is suspected in the sudden death of a teenage girl in Langford on Thursday, according to West Shore RCMP.
Media have reported that the teen died of an alleged overdose.
The Coroners Service confirmed they are investigating the death of a local female teen on Thursday in the Jacklin Road area.Andy Watson, manager of strategic communications for the Coroners Service, said they will work to determine the cause of death and can’t predict how long the investigation will take.It is believed the girl was a student in the Sooke School District.
West Shore students are mourning the loss of another classmate to a suspected overdose.
The West Shore RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service were called to a Langford residence Thursday afternoon after the sudden death of a teenage girl.
Neither organization could confirm the identity of the deceased or the cause of death since the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made in connection to the death.
Friends and family later identified the deceased on social media as Abby Barker, indicating she died of what they believed to be a suspected overdose. They plan to hold a pre-memorial Wednesday afternoon to share treasured stories about her life.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 13 August 2019 - 03:01 PM.
Posted Today, 11:26 AM
Province-wide, 72 per cent of those who have died so far in 2019 were between the ages of 30 to 59. This is not teenage risk-taking.
The Ministry of Public Safety reports that 63 per cent of deaths occurred in a private residence. This does not point to homelessness as a principal cause.
Lastly, 79 per cent were males.
It is well known that over-prescription of opioids for pain is an issue.
But when nearly four-fifths of all deaths occur among men of working age, and in their own homes, factors like job loss and inability to provide for one's family could offer an additional explanation.
Recent years have seen diminishing opportunities for blue-collar workers. Partly this is due to the transition of our economy away from traditional resource extraction.
The failure of working-class wages to keep up with white-collar incomes further sharpens the picture.
What we are seeing in these overdose deaths may be a reflection, at least in part, of the changing shape of the workplace. As blue-collar jobs that once offered lifelong employment disappear, hopelessness and despair take over. And the search for solace that leads to addiction may be shorter than we realized.
All of which is to say that better drug testing and harm reduction strategies are essential. But they do not attack the root causes of self-destruction.
More affordable housing will help. Reducing tax rates on low-income families also makes sense.
But primarily, we need a strategy to help workers facing displacement to find better jobs. This is the real challenge posed by overdose deaths.
that's a strange analysis all-around. no idea how the author comes to the conclusion that affordable housing and lower taxes or better jobs will decrease overdose deaths. look back up to that 79% males statistic. do women have better jobs more affordable housing and lower taxes? no? so why are men 4x as likely to die from an overdose?
Edited by Victoria Watcher, Today, 11:30 AM.
Posted Today, 11:46 AM
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