Divine intervention sought to solve Lower Mainland's deadly drug overdose crisis
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We've heard from politicians, police, paramedics and physicians.

Now, the Pope's lead man in Metro Vancouver is offering support fighting the region's deadly drug overdose crisis.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller has issued a call to action saying addiction and mental health should be key issues leading up to the May 9th provincial election.

He's sent out a letter urging the region's 430-thousand Catholics to consider how they can reach out to the marginalized especially the mentally ill, addicts and troubled teens.

Miller's asking parishioners to reach out to their local MLA's to demand addiction treatment improvements and more support for front line workers.

Between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital, which is partially funded by the Arch Diocese, dealt with more than 40 overdoses.

Miller says that emergency department also receives almost half the Lower Mainland's most severe mental health cases.

Last year, a record 215 people died from illicit drug overdoses in Vancouver and across BC, the death toll was 914.

The numbers for January are expected soon.

Archbishop Miller's pastoral letter on the overdose crisis can be found at:

This is a link to rcav.org/l-overdosecrisis

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