In the News
2019 Selected News Highlights
CFAX (Afternoons with Mark Brennae), April 24, Dr. Bonnie Henry report recommending decriminalization of substance use
CityNews Vancouver, April 24, B.C. top doctor’s drug decriminalization report good first step: advocates
CBC, April 24 (6:00 p.m. newscast), Dr. Bonnie Henry report recommending decriminalization of substance use (lead story)
CBC, April 16 (6:00 p.m. newscast), Vancouver’s National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis and the need for safe supply (10:20 in)
NewsTalk 770 CHQR (Calgary Today), April 11, provincial overdose response efforts
CTV, April 10, CTV News Channel interview on the latest overdose statistics released by the Public Health Agency of Canada
Edmonton Journal, April 8, Time to change approach on opioid crisis, says public health experts
680 CHED (Ryan Jespersen Show), April 1, Underlying causes & Potential solutions to the opioid crisis
2018 Selected News Highlights
Metro Vancouver, February 26, Drug reformers watch federal budget for opioid crisis action
Simi Sara Show, March 7, Should all drugs be legalized?
Globe and Mail, March 28, Vancouver mayor calls for drug decriminalization after record year for opioid overdoses.
Spice Radio, May 14, interview with Scott Bernstein, Director of Policy, on overdose statistics and legal regulation of drugs.
The Georgia Straight, May 16, Young Canadians continue facing discrimination in their personal use of cannabis.
Star Vancouver, July 5, Canadian cannabis workers targeted by U.S. border guards for lifetime bans.
Global New, October 4, Could more drugs become decriminalized?
Globe and Mail, October 18, Feds defend barring edible cannabis for a year as black market eyes gaps.
2017 Selected News Highlights
Ryerson University, May 24, Frontline Fentanyl: Users helping users (documentary)
CBC, The Disruptor Series with Anna Maria Tremonti. April 25, Drug controls ‘absolutely pathetic,’ activist says regulation will save lives
This Week on Drugs, April 24, Legalizing Canada (at 40:00)
Global News. April 14, Budding Cannabis Legalization presents Challenges and Opportunities for BC
MetroNews March 24, Opioid crisis requires trying ‘everything’: Expert on prescribed heroin
Georgia Straight, March 11, Legal Heroin
Globe and Mail, February 10, Beyond Harm Reduction
CBC (op-ed) February 1, And the Band Played On: Overdoses, death and a resistance to change
The Tyee, January 26, An Urgent Call on Overdose Crisis: Prescribe Drugs, End Prohibition
Georgia Straight. January 31, Vancouver’s frontline fentanyl responders make the case for legalization in private meeting with Trudaeu.
Globe and Mail. January 5, Vancouver street dealer seen more as a symptom than problem of overdose crisis
2016 Selected News Highlights
CBC: BC Alamac. December 29, 2016. “Legalizing drugs beyond pot. Gardener Brisn Minter.“
CBC News. November 26, 2016 “Are politicians too disconnected from the reality of drug abuse to solve the opioid crisis?” by Ferrah Merali
The Georgia Straight. September 28, 2016. “Addictions experts Dr. Gabor Mate and Donald MacPherson to speak at upcoming marijuana conference in Vancouver” by Travis Lupick
McLeans. August 31, 2016. “Controls on Fentanyl chemicals not enough to avert crisis: expert” by Camille Bains
The Georgia Straight. August 9, 2016. “Drug policy groups urge task force to endorse retail pot shops and not be swayed by media hysteria” by Charlie Smith
Daily Mail Online (UK). August 2, 2016. “Right groups call on UN to condemm Philippine drug killings“
The Province. June 20, 2016. “A radical proposal for B.C.s battle against fentanyl” by Nick Eagland
National Post. June 17, 2016. “‘We had nothing to lose’: How Portugal solved its ‘catastrophic’ drug woes through decriminalization” by Tom Blackwell
CBC News. May 16, 2016. “Medical pot producer fund sober driving campaign“
The Vancouver Sun. April 27, 2016. “The long slow retreat in the war on drugs” by Pete McMartin
CBC News. April 19, 2016. “UN meeting could be 1st step to ending global war on drugs” by Lucas Powers
NY Times. March 22, 2016. “Itchica’s Anti-Heroin Plan: Open a Site to Shoot Heroin” by Lisa Forderaro
2015 Selected News Highlights
The Windsor Star. November 5, 2015. “Drug policies need rehab more than citizens” by Jordan Westfall, CDPC Policy Analyst
CBC News. November 2, 2015. “Saskatoon’s compassion club raid ‘last gasp of cannabis prohibition’: pot expert“
Time Colonist. November 1, 2015. “Editorial: Change marijuana law but go carefully“
CBC News. November 1, 2015 “Legalizing marijuana“
Huffington Post. October 28, 2015. “Justin Trudeau prepares to tackle marijuana legalization“by Kristy Kirkup
The Globe and Mail. October 22, 2015. “Health Canada investigating company mailing out research chemicals” by Elizabeth Chiu
The Globe and Mail. February 27, 2015. “Why Canada is no longer a leader in global drug policy” by Donald MacPherson and Jenna Valleriani
CPAC Documentary “Chasing the High“
Globe and Mail. January 11, 2015. “Injection site supporters say Torries are heel dragging” by Mike Hager
2014 – 2011 Selected News Highlights & Press Releases
National Post. October 22, 2014 “Canada is ignoring easy uncontroversial ways to prevent overdose deaths” by Donald MacPherson
The Winnipeg Free Press. September 22, 2014 “Drug policy seriously outdated” by Richard Elliott and Donald MacPherson
The Tyee. September 5, 2014 “Vancouver’s Addiction Ambitions, Revisited” by Gordon Katic and Sam Fenn
National Post. August 20, 2014 “Preventing music festival drug deaths must go beyond saying just say no” by Donald MacPherson
The Rick Howe Show. June 19, 2014. “Amy Graves comments on the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition report on opiate overdoses“
Huffington Post. June 18, 2014. “Opiate overdose deaths in Canada Rising“
06/16/2014 – Opioid overdose prevention & response in Canada
The Georgia Straight. June 11, 2014. “Vancouver Coastal Health reveals plan to expand supervised injection services in city” by Travis Lupick
CTV News. June 14, 2014. “Canada urged to expand use of naloxone to counter opiate overdoses“
National Post. April 28, 2014. “A Gift to the Drug Kingpins” by Donald MacPherson
Huffington Post. April 5, 2014. “The Berlin Theory of Drug Prohibition” by Jean Kavanagh
09/23/2013 – Special Access Requests and Permanent HAT programs
08/06/2013 – AUGUST 31 IS INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY
06/06/2013 – GOVERNMENT BILL WILL IMPEDE LIFE-SAVING HEALTH SERVICES, CAUSE MORE DEATH AND DISEASE
French – UN PROJET DE LOI DU GOUVERNEMENT NUIRA À DES SERVICES VITAUX DE SANTÉ ET ENGENDRERA PLUS DE DÉCÈS ET DE MALADIES
05/23/2013 – NEW REPORT: CANADA’S DRUG LAWS FAILING, COALITION CALLS FOR SWEEPING REFORM
- Calgary Herald: Report calls for decriminalizing both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ drugs
- National Post: Canadian Drug Policy Coalition recommends decriminalizing hard drugs
- CBC Radio: Decriminalizing Drugs
- The Province: Harper government to stay tough on drugs
08/31/2012 – TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL DRUG OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY
07/12/2012 – Punitive drug laws are stifling the global HIV/AIDS response.
Français – Les lois punitives sur les drogues étouffent la réponse mondiale au VIH/sida.
04/19/2012 – National dialogue addresses integration of supervised injection services into health care and community in Canada
Français – Échange de connaissances sur l’intégration des services d’injection supervisée dans les soins de santé et dans la communauté : un dialogue s’amorce
11/29/2011 – New Coalition calls for a public health approach to alcohol, tobacco and drug controls
Chinese – 新聯盟呼籲控制酒精、煙草和毒品的公眾健康方法
Français – Une nouvelle Coalition réclame une approche de santé publique pour le contrôle de l’alcool, du tabac et des drogues