WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
GROUP TALKS DECRIMINALIZATION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS ACROSS THE BOARD, HARM REDUCTION AND MENTAL HEATH SERVICES
A man at Salish Park with "Love" and "Hate" tattoos.
DONALD AND EMILY SCOTT, CDPC—VOICE FILE PHOTO
ast October, hundreds from across the country gathered in Edmonton to attend Canada’s first national drug policy and harm reduction conference, Stimulus. Drawing together a diverse group of Canadians and international guests, including people who use drugs, nurses, social workers, physicians, front-line workers, people involved in sex work, researchers, and policy-makers, Stimulus provided a much-needed forum for sharing ideas and thinking about advocacy strategies.
Stimulus was just one event that Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) is helping to create to build momentum towards the bold and innovative actions we need in the face of the ongoing overdose crisis. We need all levels of government to move away from harmful policies and practices of prohibition, and towards the implementation of evidence based, public health approaches that work to protect the human rights of all.
At the Stimulus conference, CDPC and our partners launched a a coalition statement that was signed by over 90 organizations in Canada. The statement had three calls for action in the face of this devastating overdose crisis that CDPC will continue to advocate for in 2019:
1. Provide a safer supply of drugs and the full spectrum of substitution treatment options.
2. Decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use.
3. Expedite and expand implementation of evidence-based harm reduction interventions.
This statement – and the advocacy goals it represents – will be a starting point in the new year for growing the drug policy movement in Canada towards shared goals. With your help, we can end prohibition and save lives.
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