Like other major cities, Vancouver has drug use and abuse.
The effects are mostly visible in the Downtown Eastside - the historic heart of the city - and a community rich in history, architecture, and human diversity.
Drug addiction, poverty, and social breakdown are difficult problems. It is tempting to merely contain or conceal them, rather than face the issue.
But Council is committed to making a real difference...
To help residents who are struggling with the social, health, and criminal problems caused by the drug trade, the City has adopted strategies that have been proven effective in many large cities throughout North America and Europe.
BC211's "Redbook" is a complete online directory of programs and services in Vancouver for residents with alcohol or drug misuse issues.
Vancouver's Four Pillars Drug Strategy is a coordinated, comprehensive approach that balances public order and public health in order to create a safer, healthier community.
Safe injection sites help decrease the adverse health, social, and economic consequences of drug use without requiring abstinence.