By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

According to CBC News, there has been a call for the decriminalization of currently illicit drugs in Toronto.

The public health agency director for Montreal is in support of the work in Toronto for all personal uses of illicit drugs  being decriminalized. Dr. Mylène Drouin stated that the efforts towards and advocacy for decriminalization are a part of the ongoing dialogues around Canadians’ best potential public response to the ongoing opioid crisis ravaging the country.

Drouin’s said, “…one of the measures to consider in the public health response to a problem without precedence in numerous Canadian cities.”

There was also a Toronto Public Health released a report making urgent calls for the city council. It spoke to the need of the city council to lobby the federal government in order to decriminalize drug use in addition to increasing harm reduction efforts. Many Torontonians consider the approach to drug abuse or misuse insufficient at this point in time.

The statement by the Montreal public health agency spoke to the experiences of Portugal. This country – Portugal – decriminalized all drugs in 2001. This resulted in a reduction of the use of the courts with greater social integration and a reduction in both barriers and stigma for the users; those citizens dependent on getting treatment for their drug use.

The agency said, “They’ve also recorded fewer drug overdoses overall, a reduction in HIV-infection rates among drug users and a lower level of synthetic drug use.”

There is a $35 million anti-addiction strategy in Quebec. This was announced to help with the provincial efforts working to help with dependence on drugs and, in particular, opioids. There were over 1,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in Ontario in w017. Canada had more than 3,600 in Canada as a whole.

In Quebec, the population is about 2/3rds that  of Ontario and had only 181 deaths in stark contrast to the more than 1,000 in Ontario in 2017. The visitation numbers to the Montreal supervised injection sites doubled in the year “since the safe-injection sites first opened last summer.” This is a sign of a need, and a niche being filled based on the need.

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Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

Member-at-Large/Writer

(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

He published in American Enterprise InstituteAnnaborgiaConatus NewsEarth Skin & EdenFresh Start Recovery CentreGordon Neighbourhood HouseHuffington PostIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based JournalJolly DragonsKwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology DepartmentLa Petite MortLearning Analytics Research GroupLifespan Cognition Psychology LabLost in SamaraMarijuana Party of CanadaMomMandyNoesis: The Journal of the Mega SocietyPiece of MindProduction ModeSynapseTeenFinancialThe PeakThe UbysseyThe Voice MagazineTransformative DialoguesTreasure Box KidsTrusted Clothes.

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