Not all Calls for Decriminalization are Equal

Not all Calls for Decriminalization are Equal

We, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, stand firmly in our support of efforts to immediately decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs across the country. On July 9th, 2020, following years of organizing by grassroots drug policy and harm reduction...
CSSDP Statement on International Drug Checking Day

CSSDP Statement on International Drug Checking Day

From Betsos, Alex (2019), “What’s in Drugs Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Professionalization of Changing Drug Knowledge in British Columbia” March 31, 2020  For Immediate Release International Drug Checking Day 2020 – A Call to Action in Expanding...
CND Day 3: Things That Aren’t Cannabis

CND Day 3: Things That Aren’t Cannabis

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Author: Alex Betsos It’s day 3 of the 63rd session of...
Paradigma Day 2: The Early Rising Youth Activists

Paradigma Day 2: The Early Rising Youth Activists

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Author: Ailish Brennan The Second Day of the 63rd...
Paradigma Day 1

Paradigma Day 1

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Authors: Alex Betsos (CSSDP) and Róisín Downes (SSDP)...

Safe Injection Sites and Peer Support Initiatives

By: Melanie Davis              Safe Injection Sites face a lot of uncertainty as power changes hands, and public perception on the opioid crisis changes. One factor that remains is that these sites save lives. There is a substantial body of literature that focuses on...
CSSDP AGM 2019 – Nov 14th 2019

CSSDP AGM 2019 – Nov 14th 2019

The Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Annual General Meeting is happening in just a couple of weeks! We’ve done a lot since the last AGM – from creating our Cannabis Education Toolkit to our most recent project, the election drug policy...
Drug Policy Report Card

Drug Policy Report Card

As Canadians get ready to head to the polls on October 21st, we realize how far drug policy has come, yet also how much there is left to do. We look with pride at the fact that federal parties are directly addressing harm reduction in their platforms – something we...
Upcoming Cannabis Education Roundtables

Upcoming Cannabis Education Roundtables

CSSDP is looking for chapters and volunteers to host a 2 hour Youth Roundtable to workshop our Cannabis Education Toolkit in December and early January.   Roundtable Facilitation Training CSSDP is working with the Youth Wellness Network to develop: a facilitation...
CCSA Hosts 7th Harm Reduction Conference

CCSA Hosts 7th Harm Reduction Conference

One of the largest harm reduction conferences is being held, recently. It was in Calgary, Alberta. This is the seventh conference devoted to issues and concerns around substance use and addiction. It is being hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA).

Fentanyl Positive Sample Tests Increase 2,000%

Fentanyl Positive Sample Tests Increase 2,000%

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen There has been a surprising increase in the number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of heroin, which have been seized by the law enforcement agencies throughout the country. It was less than 1% in...
Abuse of Opioids Does Not Discriminate

Abuse of Opioids Does Not Discriminate

Image Credit: Flickr. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jesse Stein from The Link wrote about the hard lessons from overdoses (Stein, 2017). Amélie Goyette, who has worked at CACTUS for 13 years (a harm reduction service), described the learned lesson. The lesson that...
New Device to be Piloted in British Columbia

New Device to be Piloted in British Columbia

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen In the midst of the opioid crisis in British Columbia, and arguably across Canada, Vancouver is testing a first-of-its-kind drug examination device. The drug testing device may help in the reduction of opioid...
Red Zones Block Harm Reduction Service Access

Red Zones Block Harm Reduction Service Access

Image Credit: Pexels. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Henry Tran, a Contributor to Simon Fraser University’s The Peak, reported that a new study found the bail conditions on alleged offenders including substance users can prevent overall access in Downtown Eastside...
The Public Have Concerns About Discarded Needles

The Public Have Concerns About Discarded Needles

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Harm reduction continues to grow throughout Canada. With this, there is the provision of Naloxone kits, harm reduction trailers and sites, as well as clean needles for injection drug users. But there have been...
Harm Reduction Trailer Approved for Murray Street

Harm Reduction Trailer Approved for Murray Street

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Health Canada approved the supervised injection site in Ottawa, recently. CBC News reported that the trailer was approved for the Shepherd’s of Hope in Byward Market (Trinh, 2017). This nearly another...
Harm Reduction Tent No Longer Usable in Moss Park

Harm Reduction Tent No Longer Usable in Moss Park

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen A, technically, illegal overdose prevention site in the Moss Park of Toronto halted use of a its heated medical tent (Giovannetti, 2017). The heated medical tent was provided by the provincial government, or...