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Addressing opioid crisis tops Vancouver council agenda

Last Updated Nov 13, 2018 at 10:05 am PDT

FILE - Vancouver City Hall (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart wants emergency task force to look for new ways to tackle opioid crisis

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We are set to find out whether there has been an improvement to the opioid crisis in Vancouver.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart wants to establish an emergency task force to look for new ways to tackle the issue.

The latest data from the BC Coroners Service showed more than 275 people have died of overdoses so far this year in Vancouver. Fentanyl is suspected in many of those deaths.

An update is set to be given at a council meeting on Tuesday by Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health officer and the city’s general manager of arts, culture, and community services.

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It’s just one of several items on the agenda.

Meanwhile, Green Party councillor Pete Fry wants to push for the creation of a “Renters Office,” which would be a one-stop-shop for people with rental and tenancy issues in the city.

Independent councillor Jean Swanson wants to bring in more protections for renters from renovictions.