Overdose crisis hitting Merritt harder in 2017.
The executive director of the Ask Wellness Society Bob Hughes says there's no single reason as to why Merritt has more fatal overdoses this year, compared to all of 2016.
Despite five fatal overdoses in the city in just over seven-months, Bob Hughes says now is not the time to play the blame game.
"I think the most destructive thing to do right now is to start pointing fingers, saying that social agencies aren't doing enough, or that RCMP aren't doing their job by taking the people responsible for selling the drugs off the street."
There are plenty of services available in Merritt for those looking to kick their habit, but Hughes says its important to understood that not all addicts are going to use them.