Supporting Health and Human Rights in Drug Policy: Brief to the Minister of Health and Canadian Delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna on March 14th and 15th is the next significant meeting of UN Member States to focus…


An Open Letter to Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

A letter from Donald MacPherson, in response to the announcement of the creation of an Opioid Emergency Task Force to strengthen Ontario’s response to the deadly overdose crisis. Letter to…


Harm Reduction in Canada – What Governments Need to Do Now

Canada is in urgent need of comprehensive harm reduction policy that jettisons the failed, costly model of drug prohibition that has ravaged so many lives, from fueling the spread of…


Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

As a portion of the Senate Standing Committee meeting on Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and other Acts, Donald…


Canada’s Opening Statement at CND 2017

CANADA – Opening Statement CND 2017The Sixtieth Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is this week in Vienna. Vienna, Austria, 13-17 March 2017. You can find the…


Cannabis Use and Driving: Evidence Review

This policy brief is the result of a review of the research on cannabis impairment and driving that is currently underway at the CDPC. This project has involved an extensive…


Cannabis Use and Driving: Knowledge Translation Strategy Recommendations

In reviewing the evidence relating to cannabis impairment and driving, we have highlighted several main considerations with respect to context, tone, and audience when developing messaging for public education. This…

Policy Brief on Cannabis

Organized Crime in the Cannabis Market: Evidence and Implications

Claims that portray Canada’s current and pre-existing cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime have the potential to misinform government policy and the direction of legislative reform. This briefing note…

Harm Reduction Saves Lives

Drug Policy and Harm Reduction

For World AIDS Day 2016  we are featuring our policy brief relating HIV/AIDS to harm reduction and drug policy. Brought to you by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the HIV/AIDS…

Full Report Respect for Communities Act:

Respect for Communities Act: The Case for Repeal and Q&A

The so-called Respect for Communities Act was passed in 2015 in the last Parliament, with the clear goal of impeding the expansion of supervised consumptions services (scs). The Act is…


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MEDIA ADVISORY: Public forum to look at models... May 6, 2019

Going beyond decriminalization and envisioning a post-prohibition Canada where substances are legal and regulated What: Community forum featuring an international panel of experts on drug policy and experts with lived…

National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis... April 18, 2019

Hundreds of supporters and community members converged in downtown Vancouver to send a message to policymakers. Prohibition is costing lives and safe supply is urgently needed.


From October 3 – 5, 2018, advocates and those inspired to create new approaches to drugs will be together in Edmonton, AB. This has been a CDPC vision for a long time….