19.3.12 ADDICTION AND OPIOIDS

WHEREAS There is a drug and opioid crisis in Canada and especially in British Columbia;

WHEREAS This affects all ages, and seniors are an increasing demographic in opioid addiction and overdose;

WHEREAS This is a medical and mental health condition;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to treat the addiction and/or the use of drugs/opioids as a medical condition and not as a criminal act;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure that there are sufficient medical treatment resources available to treat addiction.

Submitted by; British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization