On September 30, CSSDP will be joining organizations from across Canada on Parliament Hill to rally for drug policy reform. In the past, CSSDP has independently organized an annual Lobby Day as a way to raise awareness about drug policy with federal elected officials. Today SSDP, our American partner organization, is doing their Lobby Day in Washington D.C. So it is perfect timing to rally students once again to Parliament Hill along with other allied drug policy organizations working to make change!
Join us tomorrow at 11 AM on the hill to express our disappointment in our current drug policies and push for reform! Check out the events happening over the next two days in the schedule. For more information on the rally please visit www.rufedupca.com and find out how you can get involved. We look forward to seeing you there!
After the Fed Up rally, CSSDP will be meeting with Members of Parliament at an All Party Round Table to present our latest policy brief titled, Drug checking Services Necessary to Prevent Youth Drug-Related Deaths. We hope that this brief will educate Members of Parliament about how the current policy environment has led to increased drug-related deaths at music festivals and how drug checking can serve as a tool to empower young people to prevent future overdoses. By sharing our most recent visit to ChEck-iT in Vienna, we are urging Members of Parliament to assist in scaling up this life saving public health service which has already been evaluated as a standard good practice in Europe.
Our visit to ChEck-It was so inspiring that even our drug policy hero Donald MacPherson was able to write a recent Op Ed for the National Post on why we need to follow their model of product testing. Now more than ever before, nightlife harm reduction tools such as drug checking are becoming mainstream.
The time is now to push for change!