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People stand in a row holding banners and signs for International Overdose Awareness Day outside of a large brick building in Toronto

A record number of people have died from overdose and drug poisoning in Ontario, but do politicians care enough to act?

(Photo credit: Toronto Overdose Prevention Society) (Interactive Graph) The answer to the headline’s question seems to be a resounding “no.” How else could one explain the catastrophic loss of life…

OPEN LETTER: International Narcotics Control Board must call on the Sri Lankan authorities to halt imminent executions for drug-related offences

Download Open Letter   “Executions for drug offences are prohibited under international human rights law, as drug offences do not meet the threshold of ‘most serious crimes’ to which Article…

Opioid-related deaths in Canada: 11,577 lives lost through flawed drug policy

(Interactive map) Source: “The opioid crisis has affected every part of the country, but some provinces and territories have been impacted more than others. According to data reported as of…

OPEN LETTER: Calling on Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to implement a public safety approach to policing

Download Open Letter   “Your ministry and the Province bear responsibility to ensure the health and safety of people who use drugs. People continue to die as a result of…

A Roadmap for Canada’s Drug Policy Future: The Peter Wall International Research Roundtable

The first steps for systemic change are usually the hardest. But thanks to an international community of experts, including and especially those with lived expertise on the frontlines of Canada’s…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Donald MacPherson, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Executive Director, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Vancouver, BC—The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has awarded drug policy advocate, Donald MacPherson, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to public health, human rights, and drug…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public forum to look at models of legal regulation of drugs in Canada

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 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and Pivot Legal Society successfully defend supervised consumption at Federal Court of Canada

The precedent-setting decision protects public health and harm reduction efforts from unnecessary barriers and interference from third parties Vancouver, BC – This week, the Honourable Justice Mosley released his decision…

STIMULUS 2018: DRUGS, POLICY AND PRACTICE IN CANADA

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….