BC Centre for Disease Control proposes vending machines for ‘safe drugs’

BC CDC proposed drug vending machines
WATCH: The BC Centre for Disease Control is proposing drug vending machines as way to deal with the opioid overdose crisis. Grace Ke reports.

The BC Centre for Disease Control is proposing the idea of vending machines that distribute “safe drugs.”

Dr. Mark Tyndall with the BC Centre for Disease Control said all models that could allow access to safer drug supplies for users should be considered.

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“I think the goal right now to address the toxic drug market is to allow people the chance to get other drugs, and so we’re exploring many different ways that can happen,” said Tyndall.

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“We look forward to seeing the results of that research,” said Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy.

“We think it’s important we be bold and innovative, and do everything we can to save lives.”

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At least one organization that provides social housing in Metro Vancouver says it likes the idea.

But SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo said she still has some concerns about safety.

“Making sure who is actually able to access it and how [they’re] going to access it, that’s important for the population who live there. And also the stigmatization about living in affordable housing as well.”

More than 1,200 people have died from a drug overdose in B.C. so far this year.