COVID-19: Chasing the VIRUS alone at the expense of burning the house! Lack of accidental overdose prevention (environmental health) plans (IV)
Imagine when you, as the police, get home, & see a thief is running away with the valuables. He also set the building on fire. What are you going to do, chasing the thief or keeping the house together? Similar scenario is to placing all resources on "contact tracing" during the COVID pandemic while ignoring the rest.
Thanks to the sacrifices, the curve flattened, but the pandemic has exposed broken parts of the system!
It’s clear that closing schools, staying at home, frequent hand washing & the use of disinfectants would increase accidental overdoses in children, but NO ACTION PLAN developed.
The crack is deep. A provincial PREVENTION policy to prevent accidental overdoses hasn’t been developed, nor implemented even when #CANNABIS WAS LEGALIZED in British Columbia in 2018, although #legalization planned well in advance.
Policymakers watched & reported that BC children paid the price as accidental overdoses surged. The same happened for COVID pandemic, with no clear responsible for inaction!
--- As president of the APAMT, I visited Malaysian effective preventive plan for accidental overdoses in children in 2012. We can copy it!