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Demand drug policy changes to save lives

Date 10 Aug, 2022

Let your MLA know that we need bigger and bolder changes for decriminalization and legal regulation to be effective, and to stop drug overdose deaths.

The Government of British Columbia’s approach to drug policy is flawed and set up to fail. The province needs to take bolder action—immediately—to end the overdose crisis.

Over 10,000 lives have been lost since BC declared the overdose crisis in April 2016. Today, an average of 6.3 people die per day from overdoses*; the majority of these are due to toxic or poisoned drugs

While the province announced that it will decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use, the threshold of 2.5 grams per person is almost half of what is needed by people who use drugs. This small limit means that many who use substances will remain criminalized, stigmatized and vulnerable to toxic drug overdose.

Will you use your voice and join FIRST UNITED in demanding more from the government? Let your MLA know that we need bigger and bolder changes for decriminalization and legal regulation to be effective, and to stop drug overdose deaths.

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*Based on the number of drug toxicity deaths in May 2022

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