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British Columbia appears to have quietly authorized free fentanyl for kids without parental consent

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By Clare Marie Merkowsky

In addition to having low requirements for children to obtain the drugs, the document fails to list a minimum age for receiving recreational fentanyl.

British Columbia has apparently authorized the distribution of free fentanyl to children without parental consent or perhaps even knowledge.  

Earlier this week, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), an influential research organization, told National Post journalist Adam Zivo that their protocols for the prescription of “safe” fentanyl tablets to children were contracted by the province “to further support clinicians prescribing safer supply across the province.”  

The protocols were published in August, but both the B.C. government and mainstream media have remained relatively silent on the new regulations.   

According to the protocols, the only special requirement for children to obtain fentanyl is the use of a “two prescriber approval system.” This means one doctor will run the initial patient interview while a different doctor will review the child’s charts before signing off on the drug prescription.  

In addition to having low requirements for children to obtain the drugs, the document fails to list a minimum age for receiving recreational fentanyl. Furthermore, the protocols completely neglect to mention of the rights and roles of parents.  

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and a highly addictive drug. Because of its potency, the drug is often mixed with other less powerful drugs, which can easily lead to an overdose. Additionally, fentanyl users will need to increase their dose as the brain adapts to the drug to receive the same results.   

As absurd and unfounded as these protocols seem, the BCCSU went a step further by admitting that there is no evidence to support their new recommendations.  

“To date, there is no evidence available supporting this intervention, safety data, or established best practices for when and how to provide it,” the document reads, adding that “a discussion of the absence of evidence supporting this approach” is a necessary step in acquiring informed consent from patients. 

“Now, in BC, the NDP (supported by Trudeau) have approved handing out (at taxpayers’ expense) actual fentanyl,” filmmaker Aaron Gunn wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.    

“Including to minors under the age of 18,” he added. “Without parental consent.”  

Similarly, Conservative Party of B.C. leader John Rustad condemned the plan, saying, “It seems that parents will actually be powerless to stop the (NDP Eby) government from supplying their children with fentanyl.”  

“This is nightmare fuel for parents and families,” he added.  

Deaths from drug overdoses in Canada have gone through the roof in recent years, and have only increased in British Columbia after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government allowed the province to decriminalize drugs.  

The effects of decriminalizing hard drugs in various parts of Canada, particularly in British Columbia where possession of such drugs in small amounts is outright legal, has been exposed in Gunn’s recent documentary, Canada is Dying, and in U.K. Telegraph journalist Steven Edginton’s mini-documentary, Canada’s Woke Nightmare: A Warning to the West.  

Gunn says he documents the “general societal chaos and explosion of drug use in every major Canadian city.”    

“Overdose deaths are up 1000 percent in the last 10 years,” he said in his film, adding that “[e]very day in Vancouver four people are randomly attacked.”  

Despite this, B.C’s. Supreme Court recently ruled that preventing drug users from going near playgrounds would violate their constitutional right and cause “irreparable harm.” 

Trudeau’s federal policy put in place in May 2022 in effect decriminalized hard drugs on a trial-run basis in the province-wide. While the policy was approved in 2022, it did not come into effect until February 2023.   

Under the policy, the federal government began allowing people within the province to possess up to 2.5 grams of hard drugs without criminal penalty, but selling drugs remained a crime.  

The policy has been widely criticized, especially after it was found that the province broke three different drug-related overdose records in the first month the new law was in effect.  

Despite the policy, deaths from drug overdoses in Canada continue to skyrocket. The most recent statistics from 2021 show that they went up 33%.

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Liberal MP blasts Trudeau-backed ‘safe supply’ drug programs, linking them to ‘chaos’ in cities

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First responders in Ottawa dealing with a crisis                                           Fridayman 0102 / YouTube
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By Clare Marie Merkowsky

‘There is certainly the perception by a lot of Canadians that a lot of downtown cores are basically out of control,’ Liberal MP Dr. Marcus Powlowski said, before pointing specifically to ‘safe supply’ drugs and injection sites.

A Liberal MP has seemingly taken issue with “safe supply” drug policies for increasing public disorder in Canada, policies his own party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has endorsed.

During an April 15 health committee meeting in the House of Commons, Liberal MP Dr. Marcus Powlowski, while pressing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), stated that “safe supply” drug policies have caused Canadians to feel unsafe in downtown Ottawa and in other major cities across the country.

“There is certainly the perception by a lot of Canadians that a lot of downtown cores are basically out of control,” Powlowski said.  

“Certainly there is also the perception that around places like safe supply, safe injection sites, that things are worse, that there are people openly stoned in the street,” he continued.   

“People are getting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation performed on them in the street. There are needles around on the street. There is excrement on the street,” Powlowski added.  

Safe supply“ is the term used to refer to government-prescribed drugs that are given to addicts under the assumption that a more controlled batch of narcotics reduces the risk of overdose – critics of the policy argue that giving addicts drugs only enables their behavior, puts the public at risk, disincentivizes recovery from addiction and has not reduced, and sometimes even increased, overdose deaths where implemented.

Powlowski, who has worked as an emergency room physician, also stated that violence from drug users has become a problem in Ottawa, especially in areas near so-called “safe supply” drug sites which operate within blocks of Parliament Hill.   

“A few months ago I was downtown in a bar here in Ottawa, not that I do that very often, but a couple of colleagues I met up with, one was assaulted as he was going to the bar, another one was threatened,” said Powlowski. 

“Within a month of that I was returning down Wellington Street from downtown, the Rideau Centre, and my son who is 15 was coming after me,” he continued. “It was nighttime and there was someone out in the middle of the street, yelling and screaming, accosting cars.” 

Liberal MP Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s former chief medical officer, testified in support of Powlowski, saying, “My colleague Dr. Powlowski described what it’s like to walk around downtown Ottawa here, and certainly when I walk home every day, I encounter similar circumstances.” 

“Do you agree this is a problem?” Powlowski pressed RCMP deputy commissioner Dwayne McDonald. “Do you agree for a lot of Canadians who are not involved with drugs, that they are increasingly unhappy with society in downtown cores which are this way? Do you want to do more about this, and if you do want to do more about this, what do you need?”  

McDonald acknowledged the issue but failed to offer a solution, responding, “One of the success factors required for decriminalization is public support.” 

“I think when you are faced with situations where, as we have experienced in our communities and we hear from our communities, where public consumption in some places may lead to other members of the public feeling at risk or threatened or vulnerable to street level crime, it does present a challenge,” he continued.   

Deaths from drug overdoses in Canada have gone through the roof in recent years, particularly in British Columbia after Trudeau’s federal government effectively decriminalized hard drugs in the province.

Under the policy, which launched in early 2023, the federal government began allowing people within the province to possess up to 2.5 grams of hard drugs without criminal penalty, but selling drugs remained a crime.  

The policy has been widely criticized, especially after it was found that the province broke three different drug-related overdose records in the first month the new law was in effect.  

The effects of decriminalizing hard drugs in various parts of Canada has been exposed in Aaron Gunn’s recent documentary, Canada is Dying, and in U.K. Telegraph journalist Steven Edginton’s mini-documentary, Canada’s Woke Nightmare: A Warning to the West.  

Gunn says he documents the “general societal chaos and explosion of drug use in every major Canadian city.”  

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Ontario and Saskatchewan join Alberta’s approach to opioid recovery

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The governments of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan are establishing a partnership to build systems of care focused on recovery.

On April 3 and 4, 2024, the eighth annual Recovery Capital Conference of Canada in Calgary welcomed nearly 2,000 delegates from Alberta, across Canada and around the world. A major focus of the conference was the Alberta Recovery Model—the system of care that Alberta’s government is building to provide treatment and recovery support for people living with mental health and addiction challenges.

Ministers responsible for mental health and addiction in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan have agreed to collaborate on building systems of care that focus on recovery. This highlights the importance of breaking down barriers and increasing access to recovery-oriented care, sharing best practices, advancing partnerships with Indigenous communities, and advocating to the federal government for investment and policies that support recovery.

“We are eager to share the Alberta Recovery Model because we believe it is the most dignified, comprehensive and compassionate approach in any jurisdiction across Canada to help people overcome their mental health challenges and recover from the deadly disease of addiction. I look forward to seeing what this partnership brings as we work together with other provinces on building a system of care that focuses on recovery.”

Dan Williams, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction

“Saskatchewan is focused on helping people overcome addictions and live healthy, safe lives in recovery. Under our Action Plan for Mental Health and Addictions, we are doubling capacity to make addictions treatment more available and accessible, and transitioning to a Recovery-Oriented System of Care to better care for patients. By helping people overcome addictions, we can save lives, heal families and strengthen our communities.”

Tim McLeod, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health, Saskatchewan

“Through our Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario is making unprecedented investments to ensure that those in our province struggling with mental health or addictions challenges get the care they need, when and where they need it. I look forward to working in closer collaboration with my colleagues from Alberta and Saskatchewan to build systems of care that prioritize recovery and help more people break free from addiction.”

Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Ontario

This partnership is a step forward in working with and learning from other provinces on policies that bring meaningful and lasting change to those suffering from the deadly disease of addiction, or who are facing mental health challenges.

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