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House of Commons passes emergency motion on opioid overdoses

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Simran Singh Sep 22, 2016 7:03 am

The House of Commons health committee has passed an emergency motion calling for a study on Canada’s opioid crisis.

Don Davies, the BC NDP MP for the Vancouver-Kingsway riding, passed the motion.

The motion comes a month after Health Minister Jane Philpott announced plans for a nationwide summit on the growing opioid overdoses in the country.

“Our government is taking a comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate, and evidence-based approach to addressing this public health crisis,” said Philpott in a statement.

“There is much more work to be done, and I look forward to convening a summit this fall to work with my colleagues from across Canada to address the ongoing opioid crisis.”

In August, the federal government announced that Health Canada is proposing to move forward with plans to restrict six chemicals used in the production of fentanyl.

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Simran Singh
Simran is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She enjoys writing about culture, society, and politics. In her spare time, she drinks too much coffee and listens to a lot of Beyoncé. Have a story idea? Email her: [email protected]

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