Dear parents and guardians: As you are likely aware, British Columbia continues to experience an unprecedented illegal drug overdose crisis. Since January 2016, more than 2,500 people in B.C. have lost their lives; including 37 youth aged 10 to 18. While youth in this age bracket are not considered high risk for an overdose death, school-aged youth are not untouched by tragedy, either directly or through family, friends, and media attention to this emergency. All illegal drug overdose deaths are preventable. We hope that with your help, the youth in your life will receive the information needed to remain safe during year-end celebrations and throughout the summer months. Please see attachments.