Provincial Overdose Numbers
The number of drug overdose fatalities went down in February, compared to January province-wide in British Columbia, however, numbers provided from the BC Coroner's Office show the problem is far from over.
Province wide, over-doses decreased slightly, from 117 in January, to 102 in February.
The Interior Health Region also saw a slight decrease in that same time, from 18 to 15.
Daryl Meyers is the Agency Director of Pathways, an addictions resource clinic based in Penticton.
She says there are options out there for people looking to get help.
"There are agenices in town including pathways that provide harm reduction kits," says Meyers. "They can come in to Pathways and do one on one counseling, we also do a methadone program and suboxone."
She doesn't think a drastic step, like a mobile injection site, is needed in Penticton, but believes more funding should be sent to front-line workers.
Last year total, the Okanagan saw 75 deaths from over-doses.. That number is already at 22 through the first two months of 2017.
On Tuesday, The Penticton RCMP mentioned emergency crews had used naloxone three times over the previous week to stop over-doses from becoming fatal.