Harm Reduction in Canada – What Governments Need to Do Now

Canada is in urgent need of comprehensive harm reduction policy that jettisons the failed, costly model of drug prohibition that has ravaged so many lives, from fueling the spread of…

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Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

As a portion of the Senate Standing Committee meeting on Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and other Acts, Donald…

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Canada’s Opening Statement at CND 2017

CANADA – Opening Statement CND 2017The Sixtieth Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is this week in Vienna. Vienna, Austria, 13-17 March 2017. You can find the…

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Cannabis Use and Driving: Evidence Review

This policy brief is the result of a review of the research on cannabis impairment and driving that is currently underway at the CDPC. This project has involved an extensive…

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Cannabis Use and Driving: Knowledge Translation Strategy Recommendations

In reviewing the evidence relating to cannabis impairment and driving, we have highlighted several main considerations with respect to context, tone, and audience when developing messaging for public education. This…

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Policy Brief on Cannabis

Organized Crime in the Cannabis Market: Evidence and Implications

Claims that portray Canada’s current and pre-existing cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime have the potential to misinform government policy and the direction of legislative reform. This briefing note…

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Harm Reduction Saves Lives

Drug Policy and Harm Reduction

For World AIDS Day 2016  we are featuring our policy brief relating HIV/AIDS to harm reduction and drug policy. Brought to you by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the HIV/AIDS…

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Full Report Respect for Communities Act:

Respect for Communities Act: The Case for Repeal and Q&A

The so-called Respect for Communities Act was passed in 2015 in the last Parliament, with the clear goal of impeding the expansion of supervised consumptions services (scs). The Act is…

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Civil Society Statement to the National Opioid Summit

Canada is in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. This statement outlines concerns that civil society organizations have about the emerging federal, provincial and territorial response to this crisis…

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Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties: Strategies for Reform

As jurisdictions enact reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively “medical and scientific,” tensions surrounding the existing UN drug treaties and evolving law and practice in…

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INCREASING INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN DRUG CHECKING: HIGHLIGHTS FROM... June 30, 2017

This is a guest blog provided by Nazlee Maghsoudi. The Canadian Drug Policy attended HR17 and we are pleased to share this account of the conference.   With growing international attention…

insite vigil poem by the late Bud Osborn March 1, 2017

Last week, for the National Day of Action for the Overdose Crisis, we marched with 922 feathers, one for every life lost in BC in 2016. Our Executive Director, Donald MacPherson,…

In Memory of Raffi Balian February 22, 2017

Raffi Balian passed away on February 16, 2017 Raffi was one of the founding members of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC). He was very excited that the founding group…