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World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 – Three Papers To Read

World AIDS Day 2016 is on December 1st. View three important publications relating HIV/AIDS to harm reduction and drug policy. We will continue to work towards the equitable, safe and dignified treatment…

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We’ve Been Here Before – Overdose Deaths in BC, 1994

Former BC Chief Coroner Vince Cain, in his report on British Colombia’s opioid overdose catastrophe in the nineties, conducted a thorough analysis of the problem we were facing then. Among…

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The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition on Cannabis Regulation

Canada is at a turning point in terms of cannabis policy. The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation has released its discussion paper for input. The Task Force proposes five elements…

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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…