B.C. moves to 'safe supply' as overdose deaths spike during COVID-19 pandemic

‘It took two ... health crises to get this to happen,' says advocate
CBC News (Canada)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

canada covid19 muralThe new guidelines were announced in late March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — concerns about the drug supply becoming even further adulterated because of disrupted global supply chains and about people being able to access their treatment while in self-isolation. "It will ensure that less people turn to the poisoned drug supply and it will ensure that less people have to venture out to pharmacies regularly and still put themselves at risk and put the community at risk," said B.C.'s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy in late March. (See also: As homeless people were moved out of Oppenheimer Park, many were prescribed a safe supply of drugs)