Canadian Drug Policy Coalition/Canadian HIV / AIDS Legal Network Policy Briefs

Canada is known around the world as a leader in harm reduction. It is host to the first, and only supervised consumption site in North America, Insite, which has saved…


Challenging Drug Prohibition

This report is a summation of a public forum of the same name held on May 17, 2014 at Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The event was a…


The Vienna Declaration

A major focus of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna July 18 – 23, 2010 is the prevention of HIV as a result of injection drug use within the context of criminalization…


Statement to the Bill C-2 Hearings

Bill C-2, also known as the Respect for Communities Act, was first introduced to the House of Commons on October 18, 2013. The bill is the government’s response to the September 2011…


Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies That Work

This report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy calls on governments to rethink global drug policy, to take some immediate measures to address drug problems, and not to shy…


Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs

Brief to the Canadian delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) from Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Click here to view the full brief >…


An Injection of Reason: Critical Analysis of Bill C-2

A joint brief with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presenting our concerns about the federal government’s proposed Bill C-2 — which undermines the rights of people who use drugs to access lifesaving…


Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response in Canada

In consultation with experts who work in frontline overdose prevention programs across Canada, this brief was developed to identify policy changes that can save lives and make Canada safer for all.

Getting To Tomorrow: A Report on Canadian Drug Policy

The report documents the failing role that current federal drug policies play in supporting safety and health and draws attention to the acute need for an improved system of supports…


2011-2012: Building a Movement

Read our Annual Report for highlights from our program for the 2011/2012 year. Click below to view the publication in full screen.  


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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…

How to Help the Opioid Crisis December 21, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on the tragedy that continues to unfold in Canada; the unprecedented numbers of deaths from drug overdoses this year. At CDPC, we…