In the eyes of the Court, the law adopted in November by the provincial government risks exacerbating the opioid crisis instead of alleviating it.
In the appeal, the province also claims that Judge Christopher Hinkson relied on opinions for the assessment of irreparable harm necessary to justify the 'injunction. The province made the same criticisms of the Nurses Association's harm reduction arguments when it appeared in court this fall.
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The revelation of the appeal filed Monday comes the day after the filing of the report from the province's chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, revealing that 2023 had been the deadliest year in in fatal overdoses, with more than 2,500 people dead.
avid Eby hopes to maintain British Columbians' support for the decriminalization of illicit drugs by limiting users' access to certain public places.
In point press release Thursday, to explain the decision to refer the matter to the Court of Appeal, the premier of the province, David Eby, stressed that it is essential to approach addiction as a health issue and not as a criminal issue . This is not a crisis that will be resolved by arresting and then putting someone in prison. This system doesn't improve anyone's life, he said.
It is important to regulate the use of substances like tobacco and to determine when and where appropriate where people can use substances and where it is not appropriate. And these are the arguments that will be presented to the Court of Appeal.
A quote from David Eby, Premier of British Columbia
But he believes that to ensure British Columbians' support for the idea that criminalization is not the right approach to combating the crisis, we must also regulate places where illegal drugs are consumed. It is also important to recognize that certain places in the city must be reserved for certain uses. Bus stops are for waiting for the bus, parks are for playing and business entrances are for businesses to operate, he argues.
He recognizes that a balanced approach to the subject presents its share of challenges. British Columbians need to be reassured that they will not lose access to their parks and bus stops while showing compassion about addiction and its realities.
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