Early in the term, Nate submitted a resolution to caucus for a public health approach to address the opioid crisis that continues to kill thousands of Canadians.
The government acted on the resolution by investing $231 million to address the opioid crisis through a public health approach in Budget 2018, including $150 million to expand treatment options.
To ensure more people access treatment, Nate introduced a bill to remove the criminal sanction for low-level possession. When Portugal removed the same sanction, they saw a 60% increase in people seeking treatment.
Locally, Nate held a public drug policy forum with the help of our local youth council.
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