World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back This past Tuesday, July 28th, over 200 organizations around the world commemorated World Hepatitis Day by hosting events and campaigns, doing public outreach, and raising awareness about the often misunderstood viruses. Over 400 million people...
Test It Before You Ingest It

Test It Before You Ingest It

Hilary Agro How do you know that what’s in a wine bottle is actually wine? Well, unless you bought it in a used plastic bottle from a guy at an abandoned construction site who wouldn’t tell you his name, you know it’s wine because it’s...
Drug Users Memorial Day

Drug Users Memorial Day

Kelly Pflug-Back The facts are in: Ontario is officially suffering from an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, and has been for at least the past 15 years. According to the Prescription for Life report, which was released by the Municipal Drug Strategy...
Extract Trial Update

Extract Trial Update

Patients Weigh in on the Extract Trial Kelly Pflug-Back  On June 11th 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of legalizing medical cannabis in all forms. The ruling was unanimous, meaning that all seven judges on the panel agreed with this decision. Previously,...
Evolve Devolving as Insurance Company Pulls Support

Evolve Devolving as Insurance Company Pulls Support

Alex Betsos In a stunning article from the CBC yesterday, those of us that work in harm reduction and drug policy dropped our jaws in utter excitement at the prospect that Evolve Music Festival in Nova Scotia was offering testing kits to partygoers. This was a big...
Supervised injection sites save lives and money

Supervised injection sites save lives and money

Kyle Sittek-Lumsden In today’s world, should it really be a radical notion that drug users deserve the same health rights as people who do not use?  When it comes to drug use, prejudice and emotion often trump undeniably beneficial, evidence-based policy.  Contrary to...