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Welcome

On April 4, 2022, the Legislative Assembly empowered the Select Standing Committee on Health to examine the urgent and ongoing illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis. For more information, please see the Terms of Reference.

The Committee accepted written submissions between June 28 and August 5, 2022. In total, more than 800 British Columbians participated. The Committee continues to hold public hearings with individuals and organizations.

Members of the Committee are grateful to everyone that has provided input on the ongoing illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis. This input will be considered as the Committee prepares its report, which must be submitted by November 2, 2022.

The Select Standing Committee on Health is one of 10 permanent committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Terms of Reference

On April 4, 2022, the Legislative Assembly agreed that the Select Standing Committee on Health be empowered to examine the urgent and ongoing illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis, and in particular:

  1. The increasing toxicity of illicit drug supplies in British Columbia, including but not limited to, trends in the patterns of use of illicit drugs, the illegal drug market, the role of organized crime, and the rapid increase in toxicity coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic;

  2. The systems and services guiding government responses to illicit drug supplies and toxicity deaths and injuries in Canada (federal, provincial, territorial and local) and other jurisdictions; and,

  3. Relevant and recent reports, studies and examinations as the Committee deems appropriate.

That the Committee make recommendations with respect to:

  1. Responding to the crisis with reforms and initiatives by the Province and local governments, including those which may require federal approval;

  2. Continuing to build an evidence-based continuum of care that encompasses prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery; and,

  3. Expanding access to safer drug supplies, implementing decriminalization, and disrupting illicit toxic drug supplies.

That, in addition to the powers previously conferred upon Select Standing Committees of the House, the Select Standing Committee on Health be empowered to:

  1. appoint of its number one or more subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees any of the matters referred to the Committee and to delegate to the subcommittees all or any of its powers except the power to report directly to the House;

  2. sit during a period in which the House is adjourned, during the recess after prorogation until the next following Session and during any sitting of the House;

  3. conduct consultations by any means the Committee considers appropriate;

  4. adjourn from place to place as may be convenient; and,

  5. retain personnel as required to assist the Committee.

That the Committee report to the House by November 2, 2022, and that during a period of adjournment, the Committee deposit its reports with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, and upon resumption of the sittings of the House, or in the next following Session, as the case may be, the Chair present all reports to the House.

Contact Information

​Select Standing Committee on Health
c/o Parliamentary Committees Office
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Canada

Phone: 250-356-2933 (collect) or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free)
Email: healthcommittee@leg.bc.ca

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Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220803-health-1300Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-08-03/Engaged-Communities-Canada-Society_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">​Engaged Communities Canada Society<em>, Community-based Approaches to Harm Reduction & Opioid Poisoning Prevention</em></a><br></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-08-03/Waddell-Charlotte_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Dr. Charlotte Waddell, <em>Starting with Children: Addressing B.C.'s Overdose Crisis</em></a><br></p>8/3/2022 8:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220802-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-08-02/Planet-Youth-Lanark-County_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Planet Youth Lanark County presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-08-02/Planet-Youth_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Planet Youth presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-08-02/Health-Canada_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Health Canada presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-08-02/Health-Canada_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Portugal Ministry of Health presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p>8/2/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220714-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-14/Substance-Use-Support-and-Employment-Program_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Substance Use Support and Employment Program presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a><br></p><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-14/BC-Association-of-Social-Workers_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">BC Association of Social Workers presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a><br></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-14/John-Howard-Society-of-BC_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">John Howard Society of BC presentation, Systems and Services to Address BC’s Drug Toxicity Crisis, Select Standing Committee on Health</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-14/Central-Interior-Native-Health-Society_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Central Interior Native Health Society presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a><br></div>7/14/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220712-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-12/Vancouver-Island-Construction-Association_Presentation.pdf">​Vancouver Island Construction Association presentation,<em> Tailgate Toolkit, Select Standing Committee on Health</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-12/Pain-BC_Presentation.pdf">Pain BC presentation, <em>Substance use, Chronic pain, and the Overdose Crisis in BC</em></a></p>7/12/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220711-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-11/Office-of-the-Representative-for-Children-and-Youth_Presentation.pdf">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, <em>Presentation to Select Standing Committee on Health, Children, Youth and Young Adults and The Toxic Drug Crisis</em></a><br></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-11/Cool-Aid-Society_Presentation.pdf">Cool Aid Society presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p>7/11/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220706-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-06/BC-Emergency-Health-Services_Presentation.pdf">​BC Emergency Health Services presentation, <em>BCEHS Overdose Crisis Response Overview</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-06/BC-Association-of-Chiefs-of-Police_Presentation.pdf">BC Association of Chiefs of Police,<em> BC's Urgent & Ongoing Illicit Drug Toxicity and Overdose Crisis, Presentation for the Select Standing Committee on Health</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-06/Fire-Chiefs-Association-of-BC_Fry_Presentation.pdf">Fire Chiefs' Association of BC presentation to Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-06/Fire-Chiefs-Association-of-BC_Thomas_Presentation.pdf">Fire Chiefs' Association of BC presentation,<em> Illicit Drug Poisoning Crisis</em></a></p>7/6/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220704-health-1300Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-04/BCCNM_CPBC_CPSBC_Presentation.pdf">​BC College of Nurses and Midwives, College of Pharmacists of BC, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-07-04/Public-Health-Association-of-BC_Presentation.pdf">Public Health Association of BC presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p>7/4/2022 8:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220622-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-22/Covenant-House-Vancouver_Presentation.pdf"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="line-height:107%;">​Covenant House Vancouver presentation to theSelect Standing Committee on Health</span></a><br></p>6/22/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220621-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-21/Richmond-Addiction-Services-Society_Presentation.pdf">​Richmond Addiction Services Society presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a><br></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-21/Edgewood-Treatment-Centre_Presentation.pdf">Edgewood Treatment Centre presentation, <em>We Take Care of You, Your Trusted Partner in Mental Health, Trauma, and Addiction Treatment</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-21/Orchard-Recovery-Centre_Presentation.pdf">Orchard Recovery Centre presentation, <em>Tangible Solutions to the Opioid Crisis</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-21/Last-Door-Recovery-Society_Presentation.pdf">Last Door Recovery Society presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-21/Salters-Kate_Presentation.pdf">Dr. Kate Salters, I<em>nsights into the Illicit Drug Toxicity Crisis and the Health System Response Urgently Needed, Presentation for the Standing Committee on Health</em></a></p>6/21/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220620-health-1300Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-20/BC-Metis-Foundation_Presentation.pdf">​BC Métis Federation presentation, <em>Illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis impacts on BCMF Membership & Partner Communities</em></a><br></p>6/20/2022 8:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220616-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-16/Canadian-Mental-Health-Association_Presentation.pdf">​Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, <em>Intervening with Despair: Tackling Drivers of Adverse Well-Being and Underlying Pain, Presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-16/Canadian-Mental-Health-Association_Presentation.pdf"><em></em></a><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-16/Pacific-Community-Resources-Society_Presentation.pdf">Pacific Community Resources Society presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a><br></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-16/BC-Association-for-People-on-Opiate-Maintenance_Presentation.pdf">BC Association for People on Opiate Maintenance presentation to the Select Committee on Health</a></p>6/16/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220615-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-15/Kilala-Lelum_Presentation.pdf">​Kilala Lelum Health Centre presentation, <em>Indigenous Peoples Health Perspective on Illicit Drug Toxicity and the Ongoing Epidemic/Crisis of Overdose Deaths, Proximal and Distal Solutions</em></a><br></p><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-15/Together-We-Can_Presentation.pdf">Together We Can presentation, O<em>ngoing Illicit Drug Toxicity and Overdose Crisis, Examination & Solution Focused Recommendations </em></a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-15/Mérette-Sandrine_Shapiro-Aaron_Presentation.pdf">Dr. Sandrine Mérette, Dr. Aaron Shapiro presentation, <em>The Toxic Drug Supply</em></a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-15/Harm-Reduction-Nurses-Association_Presentation.pdf">Harm Reduction Nurses Association presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-15/Vancouver-Area-Network-of-Drug-Users_Presentation.pdf">Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users presentation, <em>Health Standing Committee Recommendations</em></a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-15/Felicella-Guy_Presentation.pdf">Guy Felicella presentation,<em> From Harm Reduction to Recovery and Back</em></a><br></div>6/15/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220614-health-1300Select Standing Committee on Health<p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-14/Kendall-Perry_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Dr. Perry Kendall presentation, <em> Illicit Toxicity and Overdose Crisis</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-14/Barker-Brittany_Urbanoski-Karen_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Dr. Brittany Barker, Dr. Karen Urbanoski presentation, <em> Prescribed Safer Supply in the Context of a Public Health Emergency: Evidence from the Evaluation of the 2020 Risk Mitigation Guidance</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-14/Sutherland-Christy_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Dr. Christy Sutherland presentation, <em> Safe Supply to the Toxic Drug Crisis</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-06-14/DeBeck-Kora_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Dr. Kora DeBeck presentation, <em> Illicit Drug Toxicity and Overdose Crisis: Evidence to Inform Tangible Solutions, Background Materials for Presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</em></a></p>6/14/2022 8:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220525-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-25/Island-Health_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Island Health Authority presentation, <em>Island Health: Response to the Toxic Drug Crisis</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-25/Northern-Health_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Northern Health Authority presentation, <em>Northern Health's Response to the Toxic Drug Crisis</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-25/Interior-Health_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Interior Health Authority presentation, <em>Interior Health's Response to the Toxic Illicit Drug Crisis</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-25/PHSA_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Provincial Health Services Authority, <em>Presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Health</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-25/Vancouver-Coastal-Health_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Vancouver Coastal Health Authority presentation, <em>The Illicit Drug Toxicity Crisis in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-25/Fraser-Health_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Fraser Health Authority presentation, <em>Fraser Health Response to the Toxic Drug Crisis</em></a></p><p>​</p>5/25/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220524-health-0900Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-24/MMHA-MOH-Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Ministry of Health presentation, <em>BC's Cross-Government Response to the Toxic Drug Crisis, Presentation to the Select Standing on Health</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-24/MoPSSG_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">​Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General presentation, <em>Toxic Drugs and the Overdose Crisis: Role of the Ministry and Current Ministry Policity Initiatives</em></a></p>5/24/2022 4:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220516-health-0800Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-16/01_BCCS_Illicit_Drug_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">BC Coroners Service, presentation, Illicit Drug Toxicity Deaths in BC</a></p>5/16/2022 3:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220504-health-1000Select Standing Committee on Health<a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-04/BCCDC_Presentation_Drug-Toxicity-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><p>British Columbia Centre for Disease Control presentation, <em>The urgent and ongoing illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis</em></p></a><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-04/BCCSU-Presentation.pdf" target="_blank"><em>British Columbia Centre on Substance Use presentation, The toxic Drug Crisis: Urgent Response is Needed</em></a></p>5/4/2022 5:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Health https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220502-health-0800Select Standing Committee on Health<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-02/PHO_Presentation_Drug-Toxicity-BC.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Provincial Health Officer presentation, <em>The Drug-Toxicity Public Health Emergency in British Columbia</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-02/PHO_Journey-Mapping-Substance-Use-Report.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry of Health, First Nations Health Authority, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, General Practice Services Committee report, <em>Journey Mapping Substance Use Treatment, An Exploration of Health Care Provider and Peer Experiences in Delivering and Receiving Primary Care</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/health/2022-05-02/FNHA_Presentation_Drug-Toxicity-BC.pdf" target="_blank">First Nations Health Authority presentation, <em>BC's Toxic Drug Emergency, Advancing a First Nations Response</em></a><em>​</em></p>5/2/2022 3:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Health

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