Accidental Opioid overdose deaths must be taken seriously. The rate in Canada is at an utterly unacceptable level, but it took Andre Picard, in the Globe & Mail (14 April 2014), to call it what it is: "an overdose pandemic".
I am compelled to start with a disclaimer. I have known Kimberley Mansfield since the mid 1990s. She is my friend. She is also a friend to people who work in the sex trades, to people who use illicit drugs and to the field of harm reduction. Kimberley is a good friend who goes the extra mile for all of us ...
“Harm Reduction in Canada: The Many Faces of Regression”, by Walter Cavalieri & Diane Riley, is a chapter from the book Harm Reduction in Substance Use and High-Risk Behaviour: International Policy and Practice, which was recently published by Wiley-Blackwell in the UK. The view is somewhat bleak ... but at the same time it can be seen as a call for action.
This paper was written by two 4th-year students of International Criminal Law who worked as interns with the Canadian Harm Reduction Network, through the University of Toronto's Service Learning program. Their research draws on academic and community sources.
LONDON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of dollars in international aid for drug enforcement is spent in countries with extremely poor human rights records resulting in serious abuses, according to a new report by the non-governmental organisation, Harm Reduction International.
The Globe and Mail followed up yesterday’s stellar editorial slamming the War on Drugs with two editorials today’s edition (April 27, 2012). In this double whammy, the Globe is challenging governments - especially Steven Harper’s - to behave with intelligence and humanity to bring an end to this international folly. On its own, the Globe cannot bring this change about. We, as a knowledgeable and concerned citizenry, have a role to play, which we must define and activate.
An extraordinary editorial from the Globe & Mail, April 26. Write all your MPs and Senators, regardless of party, and urge them to get on board with this - especially in light of the Dear Leader’s admission that the War on Drugs approach has failed.
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies.
What is Harm Reduction?
Harm Reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may ensue from the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use. Its cornerstones are public health, human rights and social justice. It benefits people who use drugs, families and communities.
Harm Reduction is underpinned with the knowledge that many drug-related problems are not the result of the drugs themselves; rather they are the consequences of the unregulated manufacture and trade of drugs and the enduring commitment to failed policies and ill-thought-out and inequitably applied laws.
Finally, Harm Reduction ensures that people who use psychoactive substances are treated with respect and without stigma, and that substance-related problems and issues are addressed systemically.