Montreal public health joins push urging Ottawa to decriminalize all drugs
Dr. Mylene Drouin, Montreal's director of public health, is seen in this undated file photo.
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 27, 2018 5:05PM EDT
MONTREAL - The director of Montreal's public health department is welcoming a recent report by Toronto's board of health pushing the federal government to decriminalize all drugs.
Mylene Drouin says she's in favour of the report, which calls for a health-oriented drug policy instead of a crime-driven one.
Drouin says in a statement that decriminalization will certainly be on the agenda at provincial and national health meetings as it is one of the measures being considered as part of a response to an unprecedented problem in many Canadian cities.
A Health Canada report last month found that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from an apparent opioid overdose in 2017, including 303 opioid overdose-related deaths in Toronto.
That prompted Toronto's health board urging a federal task force to explore "options for the legal regulation of all drugs in Canada, based on a public health approach."
Health Canada has said the government is not currently looking at decriminalizing or legalizing all drugs.