Dr. Pa­tri­cia Daly

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

s ( PRE­VI­OUSLY #15, 2015) CHIEF MED­I­CAL HEALTH OF­FI­CER & VICE PRES­I­DENT, PUB­LIC HEALTH, VAN­COU­VER COASTAL HEALTH

New Rad­i­cal In re­sponse to the opi­oid cri­sis, Van­cou­ver’s chief med­i­cal of cer has been in front of the me­dia so reg­u­larly over the past year that even a ca­sual ra­dio lis­tener would likely rec­og­nize her voice. Con­ven­tional ap­proaches haven’t worked, prompt­ing Pa­tri­cia Daly to call for a rad­i­cal shift in drug pol­icy. She is ad­vo­cat­ing for the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of all il­licit drugs and sug­gests money spent on drug en­force­ment be used to tackle the root causes of ad­dic­tion: poverty, home­less­ness and child­hood ne­glect.

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