Sensible Cannabis Toolkit

The latest CSSDP resource, ‘Sensible Cannabis Education: A Toolkit for Educating Youth’ was created to support adults in having informed and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis.

CTV News Reports on Overdose Deaths

According to CTV News, the Public Health Agency of Canada has reported on the increased number of opioid-related deaths. The co-chairs for the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses said, “Unfortunately, the data released today have...

Update from the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs

A repost from our partners at SSDP contrasting the frustrating nature of the United Nations and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the inspirational nature of the civil society groups and young people present.

Canada’s Opioid-Related Deaths Predicted to Rise in 2018

The ongoing death toll from the opioid crisis continues to rack bodies up, fellow Canadian citizens across the spectrum with some vulnerable populations hurt more than others. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that more than 4,000 people died...

A First-of-Its-Kind Facility for Edmonton Soon

A novel facility will be opening in Edmonton, Alberta. The Royal Alexandra Hospital will open it second supervised consumption site for patients to do hard substances while at the hospital. Of the acute-care hospitals in North America, it is the first of...

Federal Government Eases Access to Methadone

According to VICE News, The federal health minister for Canada made a recent announcement about the measures being made for the easier access to pharmaceutical heroin and methadone. These are treatments for opioid addiction. There is concern about the ways...

Boy Stuck by Needle and Father Starts Petition

One man in Kamloops, British Columbia is working petition on behalf of his son and others for the improvement of needle safety. The father, Jeff Arlitt, was called by his fiancé to find that his son Landon, who is 12-years-old, was pricked by an...

The Globe and Mail on Cannabis Legalization

The Federal Liberal government has made it past the second reading in the Senate. One Tory senator argued that the marijuana legalization bill “doesn’t protect people.” The Globe and Mail editorial continued that the ethical implications of the “wrongness”...

The First Harm Reduction Symposium in Saint John

With the continued increase in the number of deaths due to the opioid epidemic throughout Canada, there are increased calls for proactive and assertive, and evidence-based, measures to deal with it. Those measures tend to be harm reduction methodologies....

A Call for More Calgary Supervised Consumption Sites

One doctor made a public call for supervised consumption sites. The call is for more of them in suburbanite Calgary. One of the centers opened in the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta. It is at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre. The goal is to react to...

West Virginia Health Right Distributes Retractable Needles

There was a brief news article about an American harm reduction programs. It talked about the West Virginia Health Right in Charleston, West Virginia. The West Virginia Health Right will be distributing retractable needles to further its harm reduction...

Update Opioid Guidelines to Help More Patients

More than 4,000 people have died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017. The expectation is the same or more in 2018. After the United States of America, Canadians dominate in the consumption of opioids. The Canadian Medical Association Journal publication...

Safe Injection Sites are Evidence-Based and Should Trump Ideology

According to The Gateway, (DeCoste, 2018). Jason Kenney was condemning safe injection sites on March 2. He considered “helping addicts inject poison into their veins is not a solution to the problem of addiction (Karim, 2018). DeCoste argues that the...

Fort McMurray First Nation #468 Signs MOU with RavenQuest

RavenQuest signed an MOU with Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. Rvenquest BioMed Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fort McMurray #468 First Nation or FM 468. The MOU is the basis for the collaboration in the creation, maintenance, and financing...

Justin Trudeau Approach Differs from NDP and the Greens

According to The Georgia Straight, the Liberal Federal (Trudeau) government has been keeping on its path of a war on hard drugs, which contrasts with the approaches of the Greens and the NDP (Lupick, 2018). The government of Canada will not consider the...

Overdoses in Hamilton, Ontario, and Beyond

Ontario has been hit, as well, by the opioid crisis sweeping across the nation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to one of Ontario’s city about it. Trudeau has described this as an important goal for his federal government. One municipal officer made a...

A Brief Note on Fredericton, New Brunswick and Finances

The Government of New Brunswick will be contributing $250,000 to the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund. The New Brunswick government is looking for an advisory committee set of members in order to determine how best to spent the finances. As...

Update from the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs

A repost from our partners at SSDP contrasting the frustrating nature of the United Nations and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the inspirational nature of the civil society groups and young people present.

One Woman’s Naloxone Training Mission

One woman is on a harm reduction crusade with naloxone kit training sessions. Abby Blackburn is helping the punk community in Edmonton to be informed and safer about the possibility for overdoses from opioids in the midst of the crisis throughout the...

Vienna Youth Summit: On the Ground

Every year in Vienna, 53 member states attend the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Government bodies, and civil societies flock to the historical city; it’s notably a time where few serious progressive reforms are made. Other than this past year in...

Is Radical Harm Reduction More in the Spotlight?

The Times Colonist is reporting on the treatment of alcoholism with bone drink at a time using a radical harm reduction treatment methodology. Professor Tim Stockwell, a Psychologist at the University of Victoria and the Director of the Canadian Institute...

Alberta’s Entrance Into Harm Reduction

An Alberta Commission has called for more harm reduction sites in the province (Gerein, 2018). The Government of Alberta released a new report on the level of deaths associated with opioid overdoses (Government of Alberta, 2018a). This has come alongside...

Will Moss Park Volunteers Stay in Place?

Trailer houses constructed in the Moss Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada are illegal and volunteer overdose prevention sites (Gray, 2018). It will continue to remain open. There are many users anxious to have their fix of substance and volunteers itching to...

Vancouver Calls for Decriminalization of All Drug Possession

The rising overdose deaths in Vancouver, British Columbia continue to wreak havoc on communities and families. Vancouver made a call to the federal government to decriminalize the personalized possession of drugs (CBC News, 2018). Mary Clare Zak, the...

Jason Kenney Speaks on Harm Reduction

Jason Kenney, the Alberta United Conservative Party, made comments in previous weeks about opposition to the supervised injection sites if he became the premier of Alberta. Of course, this is changing more recently. Alberta is constructing sites for safe,...

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