Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart is endorsing an idea from the BC Centre on Substance Use that suggests giving drug addicts a steady supply of heroin to save their lives.
City News reports that the proposed “heroin compassion clubs” would make sure people addicted to opioids are getting legal and clean heroin.
The report also suggests that legally-regulated sales would put an end to daily overdoses linked to fentanyl.
“Some of the best doctors in the world, putting their heads together and saying we should try this, so for me, I’m open to these ideas,” the mayor said.
“Just gotta keep you up at night thinking about the potential for disaster on top of what we’re seeing now with almost a death a day. Even though we’re putting all these resources in, we still haven’t had a real impact on reducing deaths.”
Meanwhile, Police Chief Adam Palmer says that while he supports innovative ideas, he needs more time to review the proposed plans for “compassion clubs”.
Evan Wood, the Executive Director for the BC Centre on Substance Use says the model would, “reduce fentanyl overdose deaths and if done right, should reduce the rate of opioid addiction in British Columbia.”
He also says it would hurt organized crime in the city.
“A kilogram of fentanyl can be ordered over the internet at relatively low risk and inexpensively and it’s worth about $10 million when sold on the street,” he said. “Where that profit, instead of going to organized crime would go into health and social services for opioid addiction.”
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