B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic

Substance users will be able to access virtual prescriptions and home delivery of safe drugs
CBC News (Canada)
Thursday, March 26, 2020

canada opioid crisis emergencyThe provincial government says safe prescription drugs will be provided to people who use substances amid fears the illegal drug supply is becoming increasingly toxic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. B.C.'s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced new guidelines for prescribers to provide medications to patients, including home delivery and giving prescriptions through virtual visits. British Columbia currently faces two public health emergencies: one related to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the other the ongoing opioid overdose crisis declared an emergency in 2016. (See also: ‘Safe supply’ of drugs good news in Vancouver, but is it only here for the pandemic?)