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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“We need to change it, and that’s why you’re hearing calls from medical health officers for decriminalization, for safe supply programs, for legal regulated drugs on the market.
The Liberal government’s approach to illegal drugs has been shifting toward viewing it more as a public health issue than a criminal one.
Government has heard the calls from across the country for decriminalization and it’s something officials are “deliberating,” she said, but added that she believe’s it’s not the only answer. »