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...
Re: B.C gives up on its addicts and decides to just keep them on drugs

First Nations Conference in Vancouver, BC

T​he first First Nations mental health and wellness conference will be taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mental health and substance abuse are major issues for the First Nations Community within Canada. Elders, educators, well as community leaders and care...
Karmik is Here to Help with Nightlife

Karmik is Here to Help with Nightlife

British Columbia harm reduction organizations are hoping to improve the safety of nightlife in Victoria, ​ British Columbia. Organizations such as Karmik. ​ The new chapter will be ​in Victoria, ​British Columbia. T​here will be provisions of drug checking services,...
Mothers Gather as a Force for Harm Reduction

Mothers Gather as a Force for Harm Reduction

You go about daily life, wander from the kitchen to grab coffee, and back to the fridge for some foodstuffs to make the sandwich for your son’s lunch before he heads off to school. He is in grade 12, but having troubles. Communication, though good in the past, has...
Needles Potentially Placed Deliberately in Victoria, BC

Needles Potentially Placed Deliberately in Victoria, BC

One Victoria Island Health official speculated on the potential of sabotage by opponents of harm reductions based on reportage by the Victoria, British Columbia police of an increase in the quantity of discarded syringes (Britten, 2018; CBC News, 2018a). This did have...
Bundale on the Upcoming Market for Cannabis

Bundale on the Upcoming Market for Cannabis

Brett Bundale talked about the end of cannbis prohibition in the Hamilton Spectator (2017). He proposes the thought experiment that the new providers for cannabis, the seller, will have outlets that are “very chic, very modern” with a clean look to them. Only 6 or 7...
Safe Needles for Southeastern Manitoba

Safe Needles for Southeastern Manitoba

Southeast Manitoba has been encouraging some of its injection drug users to take advantage of a new program developed to reduce the risk to their health and wellness, which appears to be based on harm reduction principles (MacLean, 2017). The free needle exchange...
Karmik is Here to Help with Nightlife

Harm Reduction Helps Indigenous Populations in Saskatchewan

Erin Petrow of the Saskatoon Starphoenix wrote on Indigenous communities within Saskatchewan showing signs of improvement with harm reduction practices implemented inside of the community (2017). Dr. Ibrahim Khan, the chief medical health officer for Health Canada’s...
Travis Lupick Speaks to Decriminalization and Legalization

Travis Lupick Speaks to Decriminalization and Legalization

Travis Lupick in the The Globe and Mail argued that decriminalization of some drugs does not go far enough. On Vancouver Island, construction workers completed a safety class. There weren’t ‘instructions on steel toed boots for proper lifting.’ Rather, it was on...
Travis Lupick Speaks to Decriminalization and Legalization

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...