by Shaun Polczer

Western Standard

March 27, 2024

Newton’s Third Law states that for every action there is an opposite reaction.

Vancouver saw a 76% reduction in the number of drugs busts in 2023 — the first year possession was decriminalized — even as BC recorded the highest number of drug deaths in the province’s history.

According to the province’s Coroner’s Service 644 people died in Vancouver alone compared to 578 the year before and just 80 in 2013. That amounted to about a quarter of all drug deaths in the province last year, the vast majority presumably for small amounts.

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