So if you are like me, you read this headline:
Opioid deaths occurring in Saanich homes a result of stigma, says expert
83 per cent of illicit drug toxicity deaths occurred in private homes in 2019
and think, "holy shit, let's get to the bottom of this. how many deaths per year are we talking about in Saanich?" alas, the article never gets into actual figures. which you think would be important. if an "emergency" is to be declared locally (don't we already have a provincial one? how many do we need?), it would be good for the public to know if Saanich is experiencing 2 deaths per year, or 100.
the article also goes on to say:
For example, 83 per cent of these deaths occurred in private homes in 2019 and 52 per cent occurred in 2020. In downtown Victoria, 32 per cent occurred in private residences in 2020.
but the sub-headline also talks about the (relatively high) 83% rate in 2019. but is that more relevant than 2020's figure (52%)? why would the 83% figure be used in the sub-headline when the actual number more recently is significantly smaller?
and why are so few overdoses happening in private residences in "downtown Victoria" when we are consistently told most happen in homes?
Island Health is encouraging a more progressive policy to support people who are using substances. It was said that society is further isolating and pushing people to use alone if there continues to be a lack of overdose protection services in Greater Victoria.
ya that sounds like a good idea. not.
but if true, the first new one should go in Oak Bay. Victoria already has 3 or 4. and that shitty rate above.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 11 October 2021 - 02:19 PM.