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Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common -- including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites. 

142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception. 

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The drug Fentanyl has been at the center of San Francisco’s recent opiate overdose outbreaks. It’s a drug 100 times more potent than morphine, according to Philip Coffin, the Director of the Substance Abuse Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.