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#1401 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 02:07 PM

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.

 

https://www.vicnews....ma-says-expert/

 

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.    :whyme: 

 

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.

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 05:57 AM

Just So You Know: Those ­politicians worried about ­blowback on the topic might be interested in Daly’s further experience in the matter.

He advocated for more secure care in a Times Colonist opinion piece last April 27.

An excerpt: “Sometimes folks are so unwell that they are in desperate need of help, but because of their illness are utterly unable to make a rational and informed decision in their own best interests.

“In these situations, we believe it is the right thing to compel care. We believe that in doing so their rights are recognized - the right to be safe, the right to be housed, and the right to good health.

At the recent committee meeting, five months after the piece appeared, he said: “I got more response to that article than anything else I’ve ever said or written in my whole working life. People I didn’t even know — parents, sisters, brothers — wrote to me, saying: ‘Thank God someone finally said this, because I have a relation or a family member who really needed this, and they couldn’t get it.’


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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 October 2021 - 05:58 AM.

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 11:44 AM

A new supervised inhalation site is coming to downtown Victoria to help combat an increasingly toxic drug supply, Island Health revealed Thursday (Oct. 14).

The satellite service will open sometime in November on an unoccupied city-owned lot at 926 Pandora Ave. to help expand services currently offered at The Harbour. The existing supervised consumption site is located across the street at 941 Pandora Ave., where space and ventilation don’t allow for inhaled consumption.

https://www.vicnews....ntown-victoria/

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 October 2021 - 11:44 AM.


#1404 Nparker

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 12:31 PM

Yeah more drugs. That's the answer.



#1405 Barrrister

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 01:28 PM

Obviously Island health thinks that doing meth is really great for the brain. All those studies from the Mayo, John Hopkins and Harvard Medical school are obviously exaggerating the critical damage to the brain. (Besides they probably faked all those MRI scans.).


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#1406 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 02:14 PM

what drugs are they likely to inhale here?  

 

and do some/many/most of them have a risk of immediate overdose, such that they must be consumed under supervision? 


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#1407 Sparky

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 02:35 PM

I was never really fond of cocaine.

I just liked the way it smelled.
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