5 things we could do right now to curb drug overdose epidemic

published on August 31, 2017 by David P. Ball in Metro News

Thursday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Metro looks at just a few of the ideas to end an ongoing epidemic that’s on track to kill 1,560 British Columbians in 2017 — 70 per cent worse than last year.

Legalize and prescribe drugs

It sounds extreme, but what could be more extreme than four British Columbians dying every day because of a contaminated drug supply? That’s why drug user organizations such as the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users want not only more readily available prescription heroin — a proven harm reduction treatment endorsed by B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer — but an end to drug prohibition laws they say have let organized drug crime to essentially get away with murder. Portugal decriminalized hard drugs, for instance, a proposal echoed by Mothers Stop the Harm founder Leslie McBain, whose son died of an overdose.

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