The BC Green Party has long advocated for “harm reduction”, a term that describes compassionate and respectful ways of minimizing the worst impacts of drug use. The most fundamental goal of harm reduction is to prevent death.
“Safe supply” is a harm reduction approach that provides regulated drugs without contaminants to users. While it may seem counterintuitive to some people to do this, the primary goal of this measure is to save lives. People can’t seek treatment for mental health issues or an addiction unless they continue living. Poisoned drugs are so prevalent in BC that we have to focus on keeping people alive in the first place.