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Survey sheds light on safety issues around drug use and music festivals in B.C.

Originally posted on straight.com on June 9th, 2016 at 1:43 PM Stacey Forrester is a Vancouver-based harm-reduction advocate and nurse involved in projects on health and safety at live-music events and is focusing her…

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Canada charts a new path on drug policy

Scott Bernstein is the global drug policy program officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations. He’s also the former health and drug policy campaigner for Pivot Legal Society, where he initiated…

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Are 420 gatherings still relevant?

On April 20th, or 420, I spoke with several reporters. They were particularly interested in my thoughts on 420 protests calling for the legalization of cannabis and whether such gatherings…

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In The Lead Up to UNGASS, Canada is Charting a New Path

It feels like we can breathe again. In mid-March, I attended the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, the annual drug policy meeting where delegations from over 50 countries…

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War on Drugs Takes Center Stage at UN as Global Leaders and International Activists Assemble in NY

Hannah Hetzer is the Senior Policy Manager of the Americas for the Drug Policy Alliance. Suchitra Rajagopalan is pursuing her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Mumbai and is…

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Drug policy should focus on harm reduction

Katrina Pacey is the executive director of the Pivot Legal Society. Donald MacPherson is the executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. The flurry of new initiatives introduced by…

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Supervised injection not a panacea

After 14 years of operating in legal purgatory, the Dr. Peter’s supervised injection facility was finally granted an exemption under section 56 of Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the…

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Drug policies need rehab more than citizens

In Ontario, someone dies of an opioid overdose every 14 hours. Most of them are related to prescription opioids, which are often prescribed for chronic pain. With a reported 50…

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Methadone north of 60

The harm reduction tool box contains many useful programs: needle exchanges and safer crack kits, safe injection sites and outreach vans are very important tools that a community can use…

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Canada needs to vote against a government that supports Bill C-2 & C-36, and here is why…

Sex workers who work in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, British Columbia have faced some of the most extreme violence in Canadian history: Robert Pickton, Donald Bakker, and others have preyed on female identified…