I heard our Minister of Public Safety say recently that we cannot arrest ourselves out of this situation. We know that approach—the shaming, blaming, and arresting of people—has not worked. It significantly has not worked. In fact, the deaths and rates of overdose have only increased. Treating this as a health problem, such that if somebody becomes ill from a drug they call an ambulance and are treated at a hospital, is the only way we are going to save lives.
In keeping with the treatment aspect as well, if you develop a terminal illness, or an illness that is potentially terminal, a cancer, for example, you expect that you will be treated and that treatment will be available. If you become addicted to drugs, treatment should be available.