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Vancouver mayor calls for federal parties to commit to safe drug supply (SPH, Dr. Keith Ahamad)

Mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart addresses the media at his weekly press conference on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo Credit: CTVnews.ca)
Mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart addresses the media at his weekly press conference on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo Credit: CTVnews.ca)

Vancouver’s mayor says the city that opened North America’s first supervised injection site after a surge in heroin-related deaths now wants the federal party leaders to consider a new proposal as they campaign for the October election.

Kennedy Stewart says he’s aiming for a Health Canada exemption from federal drug laws to allow for the distribution of pharmaceutical-grade heroin to users who could die from fentanyl-laced drugs they buy on the street.

And addiction specialist Doctor Keith Ahamad of St. Paul’s Hospital says Canada needs policies to provide safer drugs to people struggling with chronic addiction and to stop criminalizing people who have drugs for personal use.

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