In B.C., ‘immediate action’ on opioid crisis is open to political interpretation

British Columbia’s major party leaders exchanged jabs on the issue of the overdose crisis during this week’s televised debate, citing money spent – and not spent – as an indication of progress to date. But were their comments accurate?

Responding to a question on what each candidate would do to address the crisis, NDP Leader John Horgan said his party would take “immediate action,” suggesting the BC Liberals to date have not.

“Safe injection sites, critically important; enforcement, to make sure that fentanyl’s not coming into the country; and working with the federal government, taking that $10-million that was in the federal budget and deploying it,” Mr. Horgan said.

By Andrea Woo

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