Over 4000 Canadians died in 2017 and over 2,800 in 2016 due to preventable opioid overdose resulting from fentanyl-poisoned sources;
The current war on drugs has been costly and grossly ineffective and resulted in widespread stigma towards addiction and against those who use illicit drugs;
Regulating to ensure safe sources, with proper measures and bylaws, will reduce the criminal element associated with street drugs; and
Problematic substance use is a health issue and is not resolved through criminalizing personal possession and consumption.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Declare the current opioid overdose and fentanyl poisoning crisis a National Public Health Emergency under the Emergencies Act, in order to manage and resource it, with the aim to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths;
2. Reform current drug policy to decriminalize personal possession; and
3. Create with urgency and immediacy a system to provide safe unadulterated access to substances so that people who use substances, experimentally, recreationally, or chronically, are not at imminent risk of overdose due to a contaminated source.
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