More than 8,000 people have lost their lives in Canada due to an overdose of opiates in the past two years.
The United States is the world's No. 2 consumer of these substances, according to an analysis by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
Vancouver, in particular, has become one of the epicenters of the fthenyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.
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This West Coast city, however, has decided to change the approach to this problem and face it as a public health crisis, rather than a criminal problem.
In recent years, for example, addicts can access websites to inject heroin under medical supervision.
In this video, a BBC journalist was able to see how this strategy is starting to yield positive results.
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