The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday edition that a majority of Canadians support the decriminalization of illicit drugs as part of the response to escalating drug deaths.
The Globe's Andrea Woo writes that Angus Reid Institute surveyed 5,003 Canadian adults on their views and experiences relating to "Canada's other epidemic," as well as interventions they support to combat it, releasing its findings on Wednesday.
It found that 59 per cent of respondents nationally -- a majority in every province except Saskatchewan and New Brunswick -- favoured removing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of illicit drugs.
British Columbia had the highest level of support, at 66 per cent. Only 45 per cent and 49 per cent of respondents in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick supported decriminalization.
The survey was conducted Nov. 12 and 16.
Support for drug decriminalization has gained momentum as record overdose deaths put pressure on governments to explore all options. Vancouver is in talks with Health Canada about decriminalizing on its own, while B.C. inquired this month about doing so provincially. Cities including Victoria, Toronto and Montreal have asked Ottawa to take action federally.
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