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Opioid-related deaths in Canada: 11,577 lives lost through flawed drug policy

(Interactive map) Source: “The opioid crisis has affected every part of the country, but some provinces and territories have been impacted more than others. According to data reported as of…

A Roadmap for Canada’s Drug Policy Future: The Peter Wall International Research Roundtable

The first steps for systemic change are usually the hardest. But thanks to an international community of experts, including and especially those with lived expertise on the frontlines of Canada’s…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Donald MacPherson, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Executive Director, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Vancouver, BC—The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has awarded drug policy advocate, Donald MacPherson, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to public health, human rights, and drug…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public forum to look at models of legal regulation of drugs in Canada

Going beyond decriminalization and envisioning a post-prohibition Canada where substances are legal and regulated What: Community forum featuring an international panel of experts on drug policy and experts with lived…

National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis 2019

Hundreds of supporters and community members converged in downtown Vancouver to send a message to policymakers. Prohibition is costing lives and safe supply is urgently needed.

STIMULUS 2018: DRUGS, POLICY AND PRACTICE IN CANADA

From October 3 – 5, 2018, advocates and those inspired to create new approaches to drugs will be together in Edmonton, AB. This has been a CDPC vision for a long time….

INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN DRUG CHECKING

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. INCREASING INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN DRUG…

Bus Osborn Portrait

insite vigil poem by the late Bud Osborn

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

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 Overdose Crisis

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…