British Columbians support a broader range of treatment and solutions to fight the province’s opioid crisis.
That coming from a survey by the Mustel Group for the InnerChange Foundation.
Executive Director Laura Tate says 77 per cent of respondents support better access to opioid substitution therapy.
“That can include everything from suboxone and methadone, to things like hydromorphone and even prescription heroin.”
Tate says surprisingly, nearly two-thirds were open to legalizing illicit drugs to curb the problem.
“A group of folks who said they’re open to the possibility but they want to know about how it would work, what checks and balances there are, to make sure a whole bunch of 14 year-olds won’t be going out and starting to use very, very harmful drugs.”
And 87 per cent considered developing or adjusting regulations to help prevent overdose deaths a high priority even if it meant health care costs going up.
The survey also found 60 per cent supported more supervised injection sites.