Opinion: It’s a new year, time for a new approach to end overdose

published on January 12, 2022 by Guy Felicella in Vancouver Is Awesome

It’s 2022, but when it comes to drug policy and overdose, it might as well still be 2016 given how little has been done to address overdoses. For that matter, it might as well be 1971, when the war on drugs was first declared by U.S. President Richard Nixon, for all that’s changed in the last half-century

However, the year is still young and, since our governments seem intent on changing nothing, I thought I’d help them out with some New Year’s resolutions to end the overdose crisis.

For the federal government

You wouldn’t know it from the Prime Minister’s mandate letter to new Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Carolyn Bennett, but Canada is, in fact, in the midst of a national overdose crisis. Nearly 20 Canadians die every day from toxic drug poisoning, but no mention of that in the PM’s letter. Opposite to what they want you to believe, the federal government can take action to help end overdoses…

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