Federal government must decriminalize drugs to save lives and protect communities

First published in the Vancouver Sun, April 16, 2021

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This week was the five-year anniversary of B.C.’s declaration of a public health emergency due to a toxic drug supply causing fatal overdoses. Back in 2016, the province saw 991 overdose deaths. That number has nearly doubled to 1,724 (in 2020). This is a damning indictment of government inaction.

On this somber anniversary, we renew our calls for the federal government to decriminalize the simple possession of drugs and expand access to safe pharmaceutical alternatives (safe supply) to the current illegal drug supply. [Read More]

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