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Federal party leaders pressured by Vancouver Mayor to address OD crisis

Last Updated Sep 15, 2019 at 1:42 pm PST

Mayor Kennedy Stewart on June 7, 2019 (Marcella Bernardo/NEWS 1130)
Summary

Kennedy Stewart is calling on parties to consider policies offering safer drugs to users at risk of overdosing

St. Paul's Hospital supports the mayor's aim to get a Health Canada exemption

Leaders of the New Democrat and Green parties say they'd support a safer drug supply

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Federal party leaders are being pressured by Vancouver’s Mayor to commit to making clean drugs available for people battling drug addiction.

Kennedy Stewart is calling on parties to consider policies offering safer drugs to users at risk of overdosing on fentanyl-laced street drugs.

Addiction specialist Doctor Keith Ahamad at St. Paul’s Hospital supports the mayor’s aim to get a Health Canada exemption that would allow the city to distribute pharmaceutical-grade heroin.

Leaders of the New Democrat and Green parties say they’d support a safer drug supply.

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