New Democratic Party
Declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency and commit to working with all levels of government, experts, and Canadians to end the criminalization and stigma of drug addiction.
Work with the provinces to support overdose prevention sites and expand access to treatment on demand for people struggling with addiction.
Launch an investigation into the role drug companies may have played in fueling the opioid crisis, and seek meaningful financial compensation from them for the public costs of this crisis.
Revise the federal government’s substance abuse policy framework to make recovery its overarching goal.
Invest in recovery community centres, recovery high schools, and treatment centres.
Launch a national education campaign focusing on the dangers of drug use and the benefits of staying drug free.
Make new investments that help provinces and territories expand community-based services, build more in-patient rehab beds, and scale up the most effective programs – such as extending hours for InSite and other safe consumption sites.
Make drug treatment court the default option for first-time non-violent offenders charged exclusively with simple possession, to help drug users get quick access to treatment, and to prevent more serious crimes.
Address the opioid crisis as a health-care issue, not a criminal issue, by declaring a national health emergency. Recognize that fentanyl contamination is why deaths are more accurately described as poisonings than overdoses. Drug possession should be decriminalized, ensuring people have access to a screened supply and the medical support they need to combat their addictions. Increase funding to community-based organizations to test drugs and make Naloxone kits widely available to treat overdoses.
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