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Canada - Talks needed on decriminalizing hard drugs to address opioid crisis, chief health officer says

S.J.B.

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Talks needed on decriminalizing hard drugs to address opioid crisis, Tam says
Teresa Wright
The Star
August 22nd, 2020
OTTAWA—The delicate politics of drug policy were on full display this week, as Canada’s chief health officer suggested decriminalizing hard drugs should be discussed to address a spike in opioid overdose deaths, while Health Minister Patty Hajdu insisted decriminalization was not a “silver bullet” solution.

Several provinces — including British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta — have been seeing concerning increases in overdose fatalities since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which Dr. Theresa Tam says is a crisis that is “escalating as we speak.”

“Canadians should be seized with this particular crisis, which can actually happen to anyone and could also have increased risks right now for people who may be isolating at home,” Tam said during a news conference when asked about the issue on Friday.

Increasing access to a safer supply of drugs and building more supervised consumption sites are among the critical steps needed to reduce opioid deaths, she said.

But she added that all approaches must be considered, including “moving toward a societal discussion on decriminalization.”
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SunriseChampion

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When more people in BC are dying from overdoses than from the plague.....what's the real public health problem?
 

xxfreak187xx

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That last small paragraph....
“It is really making sure that communities have the tools they need and they feel are appropriate to support people who use substances to have healthier lives.”
IMO is going to be one of harder parts to get by, most people of the older generations and religious fanatics will never feel there is anything appropriate in using substances to have a healthier life. It's like there is no room in their brains for that concept to even begin to form
 
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