City’s top public health official urges government to do away with legal penalties to lower opioid-related deaths and overdoses

The chief medical officer in one of North America’s largest cities is calling for the decriminalisation of all drugs as a means of curbing Canada’s rising number of opioid-related deaths and overdoses.

In recommendations expected to be considered by Toronto’s board of health next week, the city’s top public health official, Dr Eileen de Villa, called on the federal government to do away with legal penalties for the possession of all drugs for personal use.

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