What’s the best way to stop people from overdosing? Give them free drugs– is one city’s answer.

What’s the best way to stop people from overdosing? Give them free drugsis one city’s answer.

British Columbia is the first province in Canada to introduce a new public-health measure, and by “health measure” I mean giving away free drugs.

“Prescribed safe supply” is what they’re calling it and it includes a range of prescribed opioids and stimulants and the policy will also increase the number of supervised consumption sites.

Announced on July 15th, medical professionals and drug users are already asking for more options and expanded access– because, well… of course they’re asking for more.

Jean Swanson, a Vancouver city councillor, joined a couple of drug user advocacy groups– Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)– to hand out free drugs right outside a police station on July 14.

The province is investing $22.6 million over the next three years to implement and expand this new policy and Dr. Shannon McDonald, Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority, says some healthcare professionals “need to be a little more comfortable with taking on this task.”[…]

To help curb an overdose crisis, one Canadian city is … handing out free meth, heroin and cocaine 🤔 — Not the Bee