‘Indefensible’ that Toronto’s request for drug decriminalization has not yet been granted, lawyer says

‘Indefensible’ that Toronto’s request for drug decriminalization has not yet been granted, lawyer says

OTTAWA -Toronto’s request to decriminalize drug possession remains on hold nearly a year after it was made, in part because of “political cowardice” in Ottawa, a harm reduction advocate says. “People are dying because the drug supply is contaminated and toxic. Criminalizing people for simple personal possession and use of drugs will do more harm … Read more

There is an overdose crisis going on in Australia. Is drug decriminalization the solution?

There is an overdose crisis going on in Australia.  Is drug decriminalization the solution?

In October, the ACT announced it had passed legislation decriminalizing possession of illegal drugs. It is the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so. “The ACT has led the nation with a progressive approach to reducing the harm caused by illegal drugs with a focus on distraction, access to treatment and rehabilitation, and reducing the … Read more

ACT government decriminalizes small amounts of illegal drugs, including speed, heroin and cocaine

ACT government decriminalizes small amounts of illegal drugs, including speed, heroin and cocaine

The ACT government has decriminalized small amounts of commonly used illicit drugs, making it the first jurisdiction in the country. Most important points: The ACT has decriminalized possession of nine illegal drugs in small quantities Government says reforms aim to provide a health response to drug use Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson says they will … Read more

Why sex workers are taking the government to court

Why sex workers are taking the government to court

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‘They’re okay with us dying’: A year later, Ottawa hasn’t responded to opioid overdose crisis

‘They’re okay with us dying’: A year later, Ottawa hasn’t responded to opioid overdose crisis

A year ago, the federal government was told that if it wanted to stem the tide of overdose deaths from a toxic drug supply, it had to regulate that supply. “Drug regulation will have the biggest impact on ending the drug toxicity death crisis,” the expert substance use task force told the government in its … Read more

Toronto continues to wait for drugs to be decriminalized

Toronto continues to wait for drugs to be decriminalized

TORONTO — As Toronto waits to hear whether the federal government will grant its request to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use, harm reduction proponents say approval is urgently needed as governments fail to understand the severity of the opioid crisis to match. This week marks seven months since the city sent its … Read more