B.C. expanding areas where open drug use is banned

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No use of street drugs will be allowed within six metres of building entrances and bus stops, as well as anywhere where children congregate

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The province is introducing new legislation banning use of street drugs in more areas, including within six metres of building entrances and bus stops.

“We need a province where people feel secure in our ­communities, [when] they go to the park, that it’s a safe and ­welcoming place for them and for their families. Eby said the government is willing to work with local ­leaders to ensure drug users are directed to safe places with services attached, but one challenge is that some communities are not interested in having overdose-prevention sites.

The province said the new legislation will make it clear to local governments they will be expected to consult with their area’s medical health officer and regional health authority before considering passing any ­additional bylaws addressing public use of illegal drugs. “It’s going to take a lot more than giving tools to bylaw, police and our community safety officers” to move people around from one area to another, said Manly, who runs a shelter.

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