Ottawa must act fast on safe drug supply as tainted-drug deaths continue daily: advocates

'What is our safety compared to the lives of thousands of people a year currently dying from overdoses?' Vancouver advocate says of pledge to hand out drugs illegally if necessary
Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Monday, October 11, 2021

A safe supply of free drugs were given out during an event last summer organized by the Drug User Liberation Front in VancouverDowntown Eastside residents at high risk of overdose now have Vancouver’s support to get untainted drugs, but the federal government has the final say whether they’ll get access to a legal supply. A motion to support an application from the Drug User Liberation Front — to run North America’s first compassion club to give members access to untainted heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — was approved by Vancouver council last week. Drug User Liberation Front co-founders Jeremy Kalicum and Eris Nyx submitted an application for a federal exemption to Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act on Aug. 31 and had asked for city support. While awaiting the federal decision, Liberation Front is considering whether to purchase more illicit drugs from the dark web to hand out in the DTES.