Vancouver Island Opening Consumption Site

Vancouver Island Opening Consumption Site

It has been reported by CTV Vancouver Island that there is an exemption granted to the Vancouver Island Health Authority for the operation of Victoria’s first supervised consumption site.   The site will open on 941 Pandora Ave. It has been named the Pandora...
Drug Checking Workshop

Drug Checking Workshop

Canada is currently facing one of the largest drug adulteration epidemics in the country’s history, mainly via street level trafficking of drugs. Drug dealers and suppliers are cutting their drugs with myriads of random chemicals and powders that look similar to the...
Psychological Dependence and Classical Conditioning

Psychological Dependence and Classical Conditioning

Psychological dependence and Classical conditioning: Salvador Dalí said that everybody should try Hashish, but only once. This sentence summarizes society’s fear towards drugs. People are afraid of drugs, but mostly, we are afraid of ourselves. We are afraid of not...
The New Alcohol Sales Policies will Increase Harm in Ontario

The New Alcohol Sales Policies will Increase Harm in Ontario

The current provincial government of Ontario is implementing a policy to sell alcohol in over 300 new outlets in Ontario over the next few years. This will largely include selling wine and beer in grocery stores. The plan is part of the liberal government’s intention...
An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Three)

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Three)

What are some local examples that show the positive impacts of harm reduction? There’s an organization in Montreal called Group de recherche et d’intervention psychosociale (GRIP). They are a francophone harm reduction group based on Montreal with whom I have...
An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Two)

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Two)

What is your perspective on the theory of harm reduction as a philosophy? Harm reduction works from the perspective that you should meet people where they are rather than tell people what to do or not do. The reality is people will use drugs. If you solely tell people...
An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part One)

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part One)

How did you become interested in being involved in drug policy in Canada? My interest with drug policy began with my own use, which started with cannabis as a teen. A lot of my peers were using drugs, both in high school and university. That all began to get me...