Liberal Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced a $7.7 million fund to deal injectable opioids to Toronto’s addicts on Wednesday, claiming that the project will help increase access to a “safe supply” of drugs.
British Columbia’s Coroners Service reports that 165 people died in January, or 5.3 a day. This rate is 104% higher than the 81 deaths in January 2020 and a record for the first month of the year.
2020 is believed as the worst year for opioid deaths across most of Canada. Social isolation, economic turmoil and services closed during lockdowns have all contributed to skyrocketing drug use and deaths.
“We must provide assistance to Canadians who have drug addiction problems and health problems like that. I am not for very serious penalties for a crime like that. “
Victoria joins several other major Canadian cities that have called for decriminalization in recent months.
StatsCan associates the increase in death among young men with the negative effects of coronavirus lockdowns.
In Alberta, more people have died from opioid overdoses than they have from the coronavirus.
A new report by the BC Coroners Service reveals the shocking extent of BC’s growing opioid crisis in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Should the plan pass through a federal health exemption, Vancouver will be the first city in Canada to pursue decriminalization.
Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin is warning that rural communities are being impacted by an uptick in crime and addiction since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.