Alberta UCP promises to pass law for involuntary treatment of severely drug addicted

 By Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS Alberta United Conservative Leader Danielle Smith says she would bring in a bill forcing people with severe drug addiction into treatment if her government wins the May 29 election. Smith says the legislation would balance the rights of the public with responsibility to help those in distress. “This is about saving lives and keeping our communities safe,” Smith told a news conference in Calgary Monday. “(It) will allow us to save the lives of addicts who are at risk of dying from an overdose and protect those who are at risk of being randomly attacked in our communities. This is actual compassion.” Smith said her government has added 10,000 treatment spaces to provide detox and recovery services for up to 29,000 Albertans every year. She…

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