Declaring opioid crisis a public emergency legally questionable under current law, experts say
The Emergencies Act isn't intended for a crisis such as the opioids epidemic, experts say, but a new piece of legislation could categorize responses to better reflect its nature and address jurisdictional concerns.
Conservative Sen. Vern White, pictured in March, supports declaring a public health emergency as a symbolic action, but said Ottawa must follow with new funding. The Hill Times file photograph
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