In terms of the overdose crisis, some experts claim that the innovations in the harm reduction methodology in practice do not suffice in order to reduce the opioid crisis efficiently or are limited. 
Of course, harm reduction policies save far more lives and reduce the harm caused from the drug misuse throughout the country, especially, in contrast, stark contrast, to the punitive approach currently in vogue within the country akin to the American system. 
British Columbia is host to some of the more progressive policies and practices of harm reduction including the distribution of prescription grade heroin in addition to supervised injection sites tied to vending machines. 
However, British Columbia is also facing one of the highest rates of death if not the highest rate of death due to overdose out of all provinces or territories with more than 1,400 people dying of illicit drug use in 2017 alone.

Donald MacPherson is the director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. He said, “The envelope is being pushed because of the desperate situation and no one really knows what to do, because we’ve never seeing anything like this before… But if we had another public policy that had failed as dramatically as our drug policy over the past few years, we’d say this is a catastrophic failure.”

The toxicity of the drug supply is one major concern. Another major concern is the stigma attached to the drug use and misuse throughout the country. 
It makes the discussion difficult. It makes public action also difficult. But harm reduction, especially in British Columbia, has been a direct reaction, proactive reaction, to these for deaths in the province.
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Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He 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). The 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:

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