B.C. to join small group of jurisdictions with decriminalization of hard drugs
June 01, 2022 | Vancouver Sun

British Columbia will soon join a handful of jurisdictions around the world where drug users are not criminalized for possessing small amounts of some illicit drugs for personal use. Critics say that while decriminalization is a positive first step, the overdose death toll can only be stemmed if a s...

Two neighbouring provinces. Two very different drug policies. B.C. and Alberta set to offer Canada a study in contrasts
June 01, 2022 | Toronto Star

When Lori Hatfield’s son fled to British Columbia in 2018, hoping to escape the shadow of drug-related crimes in his native Alberta, she felt an odd pang of relief. The mother from Lethbridge, Alta., had watched her son’s struggle with addiction, and while he was moving to what she saw as the ...

Critics say baby steps to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs in B.C. are not enough
May 31, 2022 | Vancouver Sun

Health Canada’s decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs in B.C. was hailed by some as an important step, but critics said the 2.5 gram limit is a “ridiculously low threshold” that could cause people to buy more potent drugs. B.C. will become the first jurisdictio...

Study: A cleaner illicit drug supply would cut overdose rates
May 26, 2022 | Elliot Lake News

A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) said that providing safe drug substances to addicted drug users might be a solution to the growing number of overdose deaths from the toxic and unregulated supply of street drugs. The study reports that there are safer alternatives ava...

‘Mass poisoning crisis’: Canadians need to change how we talk about drug deaths, advocates say
May 24, 2022 | CBC News

There’s a poisoning crisis gripping Canada, and it’s killing thousands of people each year. It doesn’t involve contaminated meat, lettuce or baby formula – the kinds of safety issues that prompt public concern, product recalls, and holding those responsible to account. It’s...
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