Federal Election 2019

Questions to Ask Your MP

Drugs and Harm Reduction: How to speak to your political candidates about their plan to combat the opioid overdose crisis


Questions to Ask Your MP


  1. Supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites save lives and it’s important to me that they remain in the community as a health service. Are you committed to sustaining, and to scaling up, the number of supervised consumption sites?
  2. Supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites provide a life-saving safe space for people who use drugs, and also provide many benefits for the community, including a reduction in HIV and hepatitis C transmission rates. Given the ongoing opioid overdose crisis currently killing our neighbours and loved ones, do you support more federal funding for supervised consumption sites, especially in regions where provincial governments are reluctant to fund them?
  3. The current system forces supervised consumption sites to apply (under an unnecessarily complicated process) every 1–3 years for a “federal exemption” to operate without fear of being prosecuted. This puts a significant administrative strain on overburdened community organizations and undermines the response to the overdose crisis. Will you streamline the application process for supervised consumption sites and remove the need for a case-by-case exemption?

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