Canadians in support of safe supply are encouraged to share Vancouver’s Safe Supply Statement video using #SafeSupply and #EndOverdose.
In July 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Safe Supply Statement PDF file (307 KB) which was created in collaboration with the Vancouver Community Action Team, that the Mayor will share with other government partners, including the Government of Canada, to advocate for access for a regulated drug supply.
Read Vancouver's Safe Supply Statement
“Vancouver is in a state of emergency. People are dying every day from an unregulated, contaminated drug supply - these are preventable deaths. People have been dying for many years as a result of the toxic drug supply, and following a drastic spike in deaths in April 2016, a provincial public health emergency was finally declared.
Since that time thousands of people have lost their lives to a drug supply poisoned with Fentanyl; a cheap and synthetic opioid detected in the majority of overdose deaths. To date, drug testing has indicated further contaminants such as Carfentanil and benzodiazepines, making it more difficult and complex to reverse overdoses.
We often hear this crisis referred to as an overdose crisis, but really, we are in a drug poisoning crisis. One of the primary causes of overdose is the contamination of the illicit drug supply, and we believe that future deaths could be prevented if people could access a regulated safe supply.
Drug poisoning is affecting many different people who use different substances for different reasons. It is affecting people who use opioids, people who use stimulants, people who use regularly, and people who use occasionally. People from all walks of life are affected; we are all in this together.
Urgent action is required on multiple levels to prevent further deaths from drug poisoning. This includes advocating for a safe supply as well as supporting people in their chosen paths to wellness. We call upon health professionals, all levels of governments, and the public to join us in advocating for a safe supply of drugs, to protect and prevent further loss of our family members, friends, neighbours and loved ones.”
The Vancouver Community Action Team is funded by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and co-chaired by Vancouver Coastal Health and the City.
The team includes representatives from over 25 organizations and approximately 80 individuals, including people with lived and living experience of substance use, medical and public health professionals, the First Nations Health Authority, Vanoucouver Police Department, Fire and Rescue Services, Indigenous service providers as well as senior governments and community organizations.