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B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic (BCCSU)

A man prepares a drug in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver on Wednesday. There are concerns the illegal drug supply will become more contaminated as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on. (Photo credit: BCCSU)

Substance users will be able to access virtual prescriptions and home delivery of safe drugs.

The provincial government says safe prescription drugs will be provided to people who use substances amid fears the illegal drug supply is becoming increasingly toxic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced new guidelines for prescribers to provide medications to patients, including home delivery and giving prescriptions through virtual visits.

“As the effects of the pandemic continue to unfold, the illicit drug supply is likely to become significantly more adulterated and toxic,” Cheyenne Johnson, co-interim executive director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said in a provincial news release. 

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