A Vancouver Councillor made his way to Ottawa to address a Senate Committee on supervised injection sites and legalizing drugs.
Speaking before a senate committee, Councillor Kerry Jang says his job was to sell the senate on amending Bill C-37 – the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
“[First] we asked the senate to propose amendments to reduce the criteria and base it solely on public health. The second thing we did was ask the senate to propose amendments that would give the Chief Medical Health Officer, the province, or the Health Minister in B.C. local authority to open up a safe injection site.”
Jang also said prescription opioids should be made legal and managed.
“As we have seen, some drugs that are illegal, making them illegal doesn’t help the situation, it just drives the price up.”
He says they are asking for things like Diacetylmorphine and Hydromorphone, which are actual forms of prescription heroin.
The federal government is currently reviewing applications for safe injection sites in B.C., two in Surrey and two in Vancouver.
If passed, Bill C-37 would loosen restrictions around opening up those safe injection sites.