Families across Canada have experienced the devastating impacts of the toxic drug overdose crisis.
In the last six years, over 30,000 Canadians have died as a result of the toxic drug supply. According to experts the drug supply is becoming even more contaminated, putting more lives at risk. This is a public health emergency and must be treated as such.
We must listen to the experts who recommend decriminalizing personal possession across Canada; allowing record expungement for past convictions; and developing a strategy to address root causes of problematic substance use while filling gaps in education and prevention as well as access to safer supply, harm reduction, treatment and recovery services.
For as long as the overdose deaths continue so will my fight for a comprehensive emergency response to turn the tide on this crisis.