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Canada’s drug decriminalisation faces scrutiny amid success and controversy

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Canada's drug decriminalisation faces scrutiny amid success and controversy

Canada’s first province to decriminalise hard drugs, British Columbia’s  faces scrutiny amid success and controversy over initiative to combat the opioid crisis, reflecting the ongoing debate surrounding drug policy.

Canada's drug decriminalisation faces scrutiny amid success and controversy

British Columbia’s (BC) pioneering move to decriminalise hard drugs as a response to the deadly opioids crisis faces evaluation amidst a blend of triumph and contention. Spearheaded by former Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, the initiative aimed to alleviate barriers and stigma impeding access to aid for severe drug addiction.

However, a year into the program, criticism has arisen from residents and political adversaries, denouncing it as a hazardous experiment lacking public safeguards.

Despite the program’s setbacks, supporters argue for its potential to mitigate overdose risks and foster avenues for recovery, underscoring the multifaceted discourse surrounding drug policy reform in Canada.

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