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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Political Parties Response to our Drug Policy Questionnaire

Last month, we worked with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and “moms united and mandated to saving the lives of Drug Users” (mumsDU) to send out a policy questionnaire to…

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

Harm Reduction Brief 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,…

Time to rethink our approach to drugs in prisons: Barriers to in-prison substance use treatment and harm reduction programs

This is the third in a three-part series highlighting the critical need to consider policy and program reform in Canadian federal prisons. You can read the first post here, and the…

Why Canada is no longer a leader in global drug policy

Co-authored with Jenna Valleriani, director of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy. This op-ed first appeared in the Globe and Mail, Feb. 27, 2015 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statement about…