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.
The Committee has been holding public hearings with individuals and organizations since May and is now accepting written submissions from all British Columbians.
The Committee is requesting input in three areas:
Government Response: What actions should government take to address the ongoing overdose and drug toxicity crisis?
Improving Care: How should government and institutions improve services, support, and resources in response to the ongoing overdose and drug toxicity crisis (this includes, but is not limited to, prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery)?
Addressing Toxic Drug Supplies: What should be done to address the harm done by the increasingly toxic and unpredictable illicit supply of drugs?
Written submissions will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday, August 5, 2022, through the Committee's consultation portal. For the full text of the Committee's mandate and referral, please see the Terms of Reference.
The Committee will release its report and recommendations by November 2, 2022.