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Addiction & the Opioid Crisis

Liberal

  • Introduce a comprehensive strategy.
  • Invest $25M for public education to reduce stigma.
  • Invest $500M to support provinces & territories in providing evidence-based treatment.
  • Support provinces & territories to create standards for substance use treatment programmes.
  • Repeal relevant mandatory minimum penalties & require police & Crown to consider diverting people out of the criminal justice system.

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Conservative

  • Invest $325M over 3 years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds & build 50 recovery community centres.
  • Support innovative projects.
  • Partner with provinces to ensure Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

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NDP

  • Declare a public health emergency.
  • Work with all levels of government & health experts to decriminalise drug addiction & end stigma surrounding it.
  • Work with the provinces & health professionals to create a safe supply of medically-regulated alternatives.
  • Support overdose prevention sites.
  • Expand access to treatment-on-demand.
  • Launch an investigation into the role drug companies may have played.

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Green

  • Declare the drug poisoning crisis a national public health emergency.
  • Remove criminal penalties for personal possession & use of all drugs.
  • Legislate the change rather than relying on informal or discretionary measures.
  • Increase funding to community-based organisations to test drugs & support users.
  • Implement a national education & distribution program for Naloxone.
  • Ensure a safe supply.

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