Liberals introduce bill to relax drug possession penalties
February 18, 2021 | CityNews (News 1130)

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — The Trudeau government has introduced a large justice reform package to reduce penalties for drug offences. The feds have long promised action to tackle systemic racism and say this new bill will be a big step in that direction. The legislation aims to avoid prosecutions for s...

Does B.C.’s drug overdose crisis require a different approach?
February 14, 2021 | Global News Morning BC

With drug overdose deaths in B.C. breaking records we look at whether a new approach is needed to tackle the crisis. [Video]...

B.C. asks Ottawa to decriminalize drug possession after record year for overdose deaths
February 12, 2021 | Vancouver Sun

The provincial government waited seven months to officially ask Ottawa to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs as a record number of British Columbians continued to die due to the overdose crisis, a letter released Thursday shows. The letter, sent by B.C.’s minister of mental health an...

BC’s Deadliest Year for Overdoses and a ‘Shameful,’ ‘Unconscionable’ Response
February 11, 2021 | The Tyee

Almost five years after the overdose crisis was declared a public health emergency, at least 1,716 British Columbians lost their lives in 2020 without access to a regulated, safe alternative to poisoned illicit drugs. That surpasses the 1,549 people who died in 2018, up until now the deadliest year,...

RNs begin prescribing addiction treatment medications, a Canadian first
February 08, 2021 | Province of British Columbia

VICTORIA – The first cohort of registered nurses (RNs) is on track to begin prescribing medications for treatment of opioid use disorder, as part of B.C.’s leading-edge overdose response plan. Thirty RNs and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) will complete their training this month to prescrib...

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