Toronto’s top health official calls for decriminalizing hard drugs

Article Link: https://tnc.news/2020/11/07/torontos-top-health-official-calls-for-decriminalizing-hard-drugs/

Toronto’s top health official wants to decriminalize the possession of hard drugs. The city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa made the recommendation in a recent report on drug overdose deaths. From April 1 to September 30, 2020, 132 people died as a result of an overdose in Toronto. The figures were nearly twice the amount of deaths over the same period last year. When asked whether he support the recommendations on Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford spoke out in opposition to the idea of decriminalizing hard drugs. “Absolutely not. I am not in favour of legalizing small quantities of cocaine or heroin,” Ford said.