No easy solution

I share Julian Fell’s perspective (letter to the editor, Dec. 20) with regards to the article written by Lauren Collins

I share Julian Fell’s perspective (letter to the editor, Dec. 20) with regards to the article written by Lauren Collins titled “Raising Awareness” that was puhblished in The NEWS Dec. 13.

Had I received an invitation to speak I could have possibly adjusted my calendar or had a representative share what is in fact being done in the face of this opioid crisis.

There is no easy solution to the overdose crisis, but we are mobilizing across all sectors to do all we can to respond quickly and effectively to save lives here in Oceanside and across B.C.

After provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency in April, 2016, our Premier Christy Clark announced a Joint Task Force on Overdose Response in July to provide expert leadership and advice on actions to prevent and respond to the crisis. Law enforcement is working to intercept and block the supply of toxic drugs, health officials are working to address the immediate and longer-term health needs.

At the community level, I applaud School District 69 and the other stakeholders for trying to open up the conversation about drugs and the possible risks, and their efforts to relay useful and helpful information to open the door for parents and our youth to discuss drug use in their own homes.

Many, many staff in the ministries of health and public safety, health authorities, first responders including paramedics, firefighters, and police, physicians, community workers, non-profit organizations and other involved agencies have also dedicated countless hours to mobilize the province’s response and our work is not done.

Michelle Stilwell

MLA Parksville-Qualicum

Just Posted

Oceanside RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nanoose Bay traffic update: paving postponed but closure extended on Northwest Bay Road

Mainroad Contracting halts paving while City of Parksville waits on contractors

Group aims to preserve French Creek tree

Save Estuary Land Society says bald eagles used tree for nest

Farewell to Parksville Beach Festival for 2019

People’s Choice Awards tallied, organizers report another successful year

Oceanside RCMP officer makes Alexa’s Team

Munro able to stop and process 15 impaired motorists during the past year

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Most Read