End the Overdose Crisis
10.1 COPE will support drug reform and adopt evidence-based harm reduction including, but not limited to, the following:
10.1.1 COPE will work to stop the fentanyl crisis immediately because too many people are dying;
10.1.2 COPE will work with user groups and others to campaign at all levels of government for decriminalization, clean, safe drugs and treatment in venues welcoming to all people, including Indigenous people;
10.1.3 COPE will put oxygen tanks in community centres to help revive people who overdose; and
10.1.4 COPE will provide clinic space for assisted heroin treatment.
Community-Led Health Services
10.2 COPE will advocate integration of harm reduction services into the regional health care system and give real support to community-based, grassroots initiatives.
Decriminalization and Regulation
10.3 COPE will lobby the federal government and join social movements calling for expanded harm reduction and a public system of regulated opioid and stimulant drug use.
10.4 COPE will advocate an on-demand treatment model, culturally specific treatment services, and other reforms emerging from organizations and affected communities.
Raise Income Assistance Rates
10.4.1 COPE will work at the city level and also lobby senior governments fiercely to increase welfare and disability rates and stop homelessness so very poor people can have hope in their lives and be less likely to self medicate with drugs.
Decriminalize Mental Health
10.5 COPE will ensure that Mental Health Act (MHA) definitions are not extended to drug users, and that the MHA is not used as a means to apprehend, certify, or displace marginalized populations. COPE will require the Vancouver Police Department to clarify the definition of harm to self, as defined under the MHA.
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