Police were alerted when a Parksville resident noticed someone passed out in the driver’s seat.
“Through province-wide decriminalization, we can reduce the fear and shame that keep people silent about their drug use,” said Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions.
There were seven illicit drug toxicity deaths in the central Vancouver Island region in February and 12 so far this year.
The coroner’s report did not include monthly totals for Oceanside, but noted 16 illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2020.
Mayor Ed Mayne has written a letter to express his disappointment with the provincial ministry of health’s rejection of a city bylaw that would regulate needle distribution in the City of Parksville.
British Columbia reported 147 drug overdose deaths last month.

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