B.C. opens new pathway to ‘safe supply’ for drug users amid coronavirus pandemic

B.C. has introduced new clinical guidance that could make it easier for people struggling with addictions to get access to safe drugs.

The measure, announced Thursday, is intended as an emergency stopgap amid two public health emergencies in the province: the opioid overdose crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, advocates for drug users warned the pandemic had cut the supply of illegal street drugs, making them both harder to find and more expensive.

That raised concerns both of a spike in overdoses and in possible COVID-19 transmission as drug users hit the streets to try and find a hit.

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