IN THE NEWS-NDP calls for drug decriminalization, safe access to reduce overdose deaths

Until three years ago, federal NDP Health Critic Gord Johns didn't know anyone who had died of an overdose. 

"Just in the last year I know six people personally," Johns said at a news conference Monday in Dartmouth on his proposed legislation to decriminalize drug possession and improve access to safe drugs. 

"There's no silver bullet when it comes to addressing this issue but we can't have a safer supply without decriminalization. In jurisdictions where they've moved forward with decriminalization we've seen great results". 

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