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e-1586 (Regulation of food and drugs)

Initiated by JOHN HEDICAN from COURTENAY, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Over 4000 Canadians died in 2017 and over 2,800 in 2016 due to preventable opioid overdose resulting from fentanyl-poisoned sources;
  • The current war on drugs has been costly and grossly ineffective and resulted in widespread stigma towards addiction and against those who use illicit drugs;
  • Regulating to ensure safe sources, with proper measures and bylaws, will reduce the criminal element associated with street drugs; and
  • Problematic substance use is a health issue and is not resolved through criminalizing personal possession and consumption.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Declare the current opioid overdose and fentanyl poisoning crisis a National Public Health Emergency under the Emergencies Act, in order to manage and resource it, with the aim to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths;
2. Reform current drug policy to decriminalize personal possession; and
3. Create with urgency and immediacy a system to provide safe unadulterated access to substances so that people who use substances, experimentally, recreationally, or chronically, are not at imminent risk of overdose due to a contaminated source.
Government response tabled on January 28, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-215-05)
Open for signature
March 27, 2018, at 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 25, 2018, at 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni)
December 3, 2018 (Petition No. 421-03032)
Government response tabled
January 28, 2019
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia