According to the Star Metro Vancouver, there was a call, once more, for support of Vancouver with the opioid crisis. The Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson, made the call for the federal and provincial governments to support the launch of an opioid distribution pilot program.
One to delivery clean substances to users. Because the city’s supply continues to be increasingly tainted. Mark Tyndall, the executive medical director of the BCCDC (B.C. Centre for Disease Control), heads the program.
It would permit users safe opioid access through dispensation machines. A fingerprint or a retinal scan would provide access. In short, biometric accessibility to opioids through dispensaries.
It may save lives. Robertson stated, “Poisonous, illicit drugs are killing our residents, friends and loved ones… We need to continue taking bold new actions to halt the devastating death toll of the opioid overdose crisis.”
According to the BCCDC, less than 20% of the drugs sold as ‘opioids’ contain the desired substance. More than 90% of the had fentanyl in them. Fentanyl is the substance that killed more than 1,400 people via overdose in 2017 based on reportage from the B.C. Coroner’s Service.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue supports the Robertson-proposed pilot project as well. “The number of overdoses shows no signs of slowing down,” said Capt. Jonathan Gormick. “The precrisis acute spikes have been replaced by endless days of high call volume.”
The closing week of April, of this year, had a total of 207 overdose calls to the Vancouver Fire and Rescue. That equates to 74% higher than the weekly average of the final week in April of 2017.
The Vancouver Police Department also supports the pilot project. This “dovetails” with the pillars of the VPD. The four-pillar approach to drug enforcement of the Vancouver Police Department. Vancouver Police Department Adam palmer talked about the wisdom seen in the spring.
The spring of 2018 where there was the effort to find ways to deliver the clean drug supply to those who risk life and livelihood in pursuit of substance from an illicit provider or seller.
“I think that there are really creative solutions that we’d be open to in Vancouver,” Palmer opined. “Things like replacement therapy and substitution therapy… prescribing heroin and that sort of thing to people. A lot of that stuff makes sense.”
The federal government rejected calls for more “extraordinary harm-reduction measures such as decriminalization of simple possession.” However, the “Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse Treatment is committed to finding ‘new approaches to substance use disorder treatment.’”
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