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“The racist and anti-Black harms facilitated by drug law enforcement have extended beyond the criminal justice system.”
Coalition of local and national harm reduction and drug policy organizations push for policy change at public health dialogue on overdose/drug poisoning crisis
“It is not possible to have these discussions without the people who are most affected.”
The international consensus reveals that harm reduction and progressive, public health-based drug policies save lives and improve community safety for all. They are solutions where everyone wins.
Knowing about Canadian drug prohibition allows us to critically reflect on past practices, legal regulation, law enforcement, moral reformers and their agendas, new events and avenues to adopt.
Decriminalization and legal regulation will allow people who use drugs to come forward to access life-saving social supports and a network of care. | Drug decriminalization in Canada
The criminalization of personal drug use marginalizes people who use drugs (PWUD), affecting their life, liberty, and security.
If people who use drugs are not meaningfully involved, the quality of the research and its impact on policy and service delivery is likely to suffer.
COVID-19 has created havoc for people who use drugs—and that obviously includes me.
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition launches national dialogue series on the overdose crisis and COVID-19
Finding common ground and shared meaning to realize solutions to the overdose crisis. A public health and human rights-based approach.
Rather than being benign tools aimed at promoting the health of Canadians, drug laws introduced in the early 1900s were meant for social control and targeted certain groups of people, including Asian immigrants, people of colour, and Indigenous people.
Harm reduction saves lives and connects people with vital social services, health care, and stability.
Legal regulation would create safer communities for everyone. It would greatly reduce overdose, weaken high-level organized crime, and keep drugs away from youth.
By changing the way we see and frame substance use, we can move towards a system of laws and policies that will prevent harm and death.
Stigma can create real and tangible harms for people who use drugs. We can help or harm through our words and behaviours.
The system is failing and fuelling overdose deaths, violence, and organized crime.