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Should simple drug possession be decriminalized in Canada?

Poll: drug decriminalization

A Vernon councillor’s motion that the city publicly support decriminalizing simple drug possession was voted down Monday by council.

Coun. Kelly Fehr’s comprehensive motion included a request that the federal government develop an overdose action plan, which includes consideration of reforms like a safe supply of pharmaceutical alternatives and decriminalization.

“This is strictly a motion in response to an overdose crisis that is a poisoned drug supply crisis,” said Fehr. “We have people in our community – young people and old – that dabble in drugs that have been dying.”

In 2020, 1,548 people died of drug overdoses in B.C.

Fehr said the motion is for people like 28-year-old Mehgan Parrotta, who died of a drug overdose in Vernon during a relapse after being two years clean of heroin.

Fehr’s motion also directed staff to have discussions with local agencies on how the city could help. And it asked the federal government to declare the overdose crisis a national public health emergency.

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