Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

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Abstinence-based treatment

BC Liberals

Remove restrictions on government funding for abstinence-based treatment.
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Decriminalization

BC NDP

Work with police chiefs to push federal government to decriminalize simple possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use.

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Mental health support

BC NDP

  • Focus new mental health initiatives on kids and young adults.
  • Develop Complex Care housing.
  • Expand access to counselling.

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BC Liberals

Expand Foundry Centres and Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health-related emergency calls.
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BC Greens

  • Invest in an affordable and accessible mental healthcare system.
  • Allocate $1B over a 4-year cycle to address mental health care within MSP.
  • Allocate $200M/year in facilities to provide mental healthcare services and rehabilitation.
  • Develop and implement a Loneliness Strategy.

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Overdoses

BC Greens

Enhance funding for harm reduction services and create COVID-friendly plans to ensure people have access and don't use alone.
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Policing of drugs

BC NDP

Redirect police to focus on serious crime and crack down on distribution of toxic drugs.

BC Greens

  • Decriminalize simple possession of drugs, through implementing Dr. Bonnie Henry's recommended amendments to the Police Act.
  • Strongly pursue decriminalization with the Federal government.
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Safe supply

BC NDP

Explore new ways to help prescribers separate more people from the toxic drug supply through safe prescription alternatives.

BC Greens

  • Scale up safe supply.
  • Work with the colleges of physicians and pharmacists to encourage their members to participate in existing programmes.
  • Fund a wider range of safe supply resources, including low-barrier ways of dispensing.
  • Ongoing consultation with people who use drugs.
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Treatment

BC NDP

  • Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities, including in Maple Ridge, with some beds specifically for British Columbians under age 24.
  • Step up oversight of recovery homes and private treatment providers.

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BC Liberals

  • Increase addiction-treatment and recovery programmes.
  • Clearly recognise that addiction is a medical disorder, and ensure a focus on public health and safety in the treatment of people suffering form addictions.
  • Introduce a Safe Care Act to safely help young people into treatment.
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Work-related chronic pain

BC NDP

Work with WorkSafeBC to identify new ways of improving pain management practices for injured workers, and mandate WorkSafeBC to to provide treatment on demand to those with chronic pain as a result of workplace injuries.