July 23rd, 2024

CP NewsAlert: B.C. should explore drug access without prescriptions: Bonnie Henry

By The Canadian Press on July 11, 2024.

British Columbia's provincial health officer has recommended that the province expand its "safer supply" program to combat deaths from unregulated drugs - including looking at ways to grant access to alternatives without requiring a prescription. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a press conference at the legislature in Victoria, Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

VICTORIA – A report from B.C.’s provincial health officer recommends the province expand its “safer supply” program to prevent overdoses, including allowing access to alternatives to unregulated drugs without a prescription.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says in her latest report on the overdose crisis that efforts centred on drug prohibition have not only failed to control access to controlled substances but have also created the toxic unregulated drug supply that has killed thousands since a health emergency was declared eight years ago.

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