As is the case across Canada, the province of British Columbia (BC) is in the midst of an overdose crisis that is having devastating impacts on youth and others who use drugs. Drawing on a published commentary with Canadian Journal of Public Health, advocacy efforts, clinical practice, and lived experience, this presentation will provide an overview of BC’s recent proposal to amend the Mental Health Act and sanction involuntary, hospital-based stabilization care of youth who overdose. In the first part of the presentation, we will discuss three key areas for public health deliberation related to these proposed legislative changes, including (1) the evidence underpinning involuntary care, (2) ethical considerations, and (3) the potential for unintended and unevenly distributed consequences. In the second part, we will review advocacy efforts related to this issue and explore what this turn to mental health law means for youth who use drugs and other stakeholders in BC – and potentially, nationally.
Please note: This webinar will be held in English only.
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