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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…

A painful situation: Access to medication in prisons

This is the second 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. When…

Drugs in Canadian prisons: has enforcement worked?

This is the first in a three-part series highlighting the critical need to consider policy and program reform in Canadian federal prisons.

Keeping music festival-goers safe through harm reduction

With the onset of winter, I’ve been reminiscing about the summer. Like many young Canadians, I spent the summer adventuring around my province, hiking, camping and enjoying the extra freedom...

Drug Policy Abuse: a condition affecting politicians across Canada

A new, debilitating psychiatric condition has been identified today by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Sadly this condition – dubbed “Drug Policy Abuse” – affects a great many politicians across…

Canada is ignoring easy, ways to prevent overdose deaths…

This article first appeared as an op-ed in the National Post, October 22, 2014 A particularly potent batch of heroin recently resulted in 31 overdoses at Vancouver’s Insite safe injection…

Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work

Today, the Global Commission on Drug Policy releases Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work. The report calls on governments to rethink global drug policy, to take some immediate…