The BC Association of Chiefs of Police and senior police leadership from across British Columbia acknowledges the tragic toll the ongoing opioid crisis has had on communities across the province, affecting individuals and families from all walks of life.
Today we are grateful for Health Canada and the Provincial Governments decision to lower the threshold of decriminalized illicit drugs for personal use to 2.5 grams.
The BCACP supports decriminalization and the decision to reduce the threshold from the proposed 4.5 grams to 2.5 grams as it is in keeping with the recommendations made by the BCACP, and supported by the CACP, in the December 2021 position paper on Drug Decriminalization: An Integrated approach to improve health and safety outcomes to lower the threshold amount.
The BCACP and senior police leadership from across the province remain committed to working collaboratively with our stakeholders in a manner that does not adversely compromise public safety while also supporting the need to address the significant toll of the drug crisis in communities.
We will continue to work with our health partners and the Provincial Government to combat the ongoing opioid crisis.
A/Commr. Will Ng
President, BC Association of Chiefs of Police