B.C. report calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs to quell opioid epidemic
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released 10 recommendationsto reduce the number of overdose deaths across B.C., a list that includes the decriminalization of illicit drugs.
More than 100 stakeholders gathered at the B.C. Overdose Action Exchange meeting in June to develop the report, which seeks to take action on the province's opioid epidemic that has claimed an unprecedented 800 lives since January 2017.
However, she says the province is committed to expanding prescription of medical-grade heroin to mitigate the risk of overdose. The treatment is only available at Vancouver's Crosstown Clinic.
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner