Cannabis Legalization: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Cannabis Legalization: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Read the French translation. For the past four decades, politicians have argued that prohibitionist policies will keep drugs out of the hands of youth. As we’ve seen, the opposite has occurred and rates of drug use are higher than they used to be. Canadian youth lead...
UNGASS: An Overview

UNGASS: An Overview

It was a week of high hopes at the UN with Canadian Minister of Health Jane Philpott’s announcement of the country’s plan to legalize cannabis in Spring 2017. The Minister’s statement also focused on safe injection sites, naloxone distribution, support for people who use drugs, and harm reduction practices.

Current Research on Prevention

On January 26th 2016, CSSDP Okanagan, a fledgling chapter, hosted its first public information talk. Our guest speaker was Dr. Marvin Krank. He has extensive research experience in substance use, with a focus on use by adolescents. His presentation for us was, “In the...
Drug Policy & Colonialism

Drug Policy & Colonialism

Alexander Betsos Tweets by Juliana Willars (@LunaChick) The International Drug Policy Reform Conference takes place on the colonized territories of the Nacotchtank Native American people. Yet sitting in the crowded plenary hall I could not help but notice an absence...
Beyond Cannabis

Beyond Cannabis

Not Just About Cannabis Reform – It’s about Changing the World Alexander Betsos For ten years we have lived under Stephen Harper and his abhorrent approach to dealing with drug related issues. For the first time in 10 years the Liberals have Canadian Students for...
5 Ways Drug Policy can Prevent Overdoses

5 Ways Drug Policy can Prevent Overdoses

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day of mourning for friends, family and communities who have lost loved ones. Aiming to destigmatize grieving a person who died a drug-related death, the day is also about raising awareness. Overdoses don’t...
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...
Toronto does #supportdontpunish

Toronto does #supportdontpunish

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Last Friday, June 26, over fifty Torontonians gathered for the city’s first Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action. Over the past three years, the number of cities participating has nearly quadrupled, spreading from 41 cities in 2013,...
#supportdontpunish

#supportdontpunish

On June 26, citizens in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa will join thousands of activists in more than 150 cities around the world to protest harmful drug laws that fuel public health crises and human rights violations. The Support Don’t Punish: Global Day of Action...
Bill 45: Barring Healthier Choices

Bill 45: Barring Healthier Choices

Dessy Pavlova On May 26 2015, the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act. Hiding behind the facade of helping families make healthier food choices, the bill focuses on banning electronic cigarettes, which includes vaporizers as well as flavoured...
Support. Don’t Punish

Support. Don’t Punish

10 Ways to Make a Difference Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Voir plus bas pour la version française June 26th is the National Day of Action for Support. Don’t Punish (SDP)!   SDP is a global campaign to end the abuse, stigmatization, torture, imprisonment, and killing of...
Defend Dispensaries

Defend Dispensaries

Dessy Pavlova Today kicks off the first day of Sensible BC’s Week of Action, May 11-15. Health Minister Rona Ambrose is demanding that the City of Vancouver raid and lay charges against all marijuana dispensaries, rather than regulate the dispensaries as planned....
High Level Debate

High Level Debate

Lisa Campbell The irony of having a “high” level debate on drug policy escaped no one, except maybe the member states present at the United Nations General Assembly last Thursday May 7th. The High Level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on the 2016 Special Session on the World...