More than 11,000 British Columbians have died from drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. That’s six people a day for six years in this province of just five million people.
It is time for “a monumental shift in drug policy,” Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s addictions minister, said on Monday.
Her provincial counterpart, Sheila Malcolmson insisted: “Substance use is a public health issue, not a criminal one.”
“By decriminalising people who use drugs, we will break down the stigma that stops people from accessing life-saving support and services.”
That harsh calculus. Those who wish to come off will do so, unencumbered by the law etc. Those who do not will be dead. Solved.
They are their lives to waste after all.