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With the goal of decriminalizing drugs, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart came forward in a council meeting on November 17 to unveil his plan and reasoning surrounding the action. 

“Personal possession and use of drugs is not a criminal justice issue, it is a health issue,” he said.

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The number of people that have died from the opioid crisis in Alberta during the pandemic is nothing short of shocking. The pandemic seems to have fueled the epidemic and things aren't getting better.

In fact, more Albertans are dying from accidental overdoses than they are from COVID-19. New data that was released in September shows the opioid crisis has taken 449 lives in Alberts in the first six months of this year, compared to 272 deaths caused by COVID-19.

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