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Addiction and mental illness in Victoria

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#3781 Victoria Watcher

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Posted Today, 04:48 AM

Les Leyne: An up-close look at drug safe-supply diversion



The two views of how safe supply actually works have been crashing into each other with increasing frequency lately in the political world.

People can get 28 Dilaudid a day, and the pharmacist said patients have told him they are worth money and are sold or traded routinely on the sidewalk outside the store. He said his clients are accosted outside the store most mornings by buyers. “Vehicles would be observed idling with windows down in the middle of winter.”


On March 6, 15 people entered the store when doors opened at 9 a.m. In the next 20 minutes, nine of them left and had interactions with suspects that were believed to be drug transactions.


The next morning was the same. And the next day of ­surveillance, and the next.


There were 84 brief ­transactions in the minutes after the store opened, over the ­duration of the surveillance.




This week, Northern Beat ­published a memo from RCMP brass telling detachments to refer all queries on “hot button” issues — like drug seizures — during the pre-election period to headquarters.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, Today, 04:50 AM.

#3782 Nparker

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Posted Today, 05:20 AM

The NDP need to be banished into political obscurity.


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