GSHI Research Associate Meaghan Thumath, along with Bernie Pauly and Marilou Gagnon, penned this Op-Ed in the Globe and Mail on the importance of harm reduction policies.
The recent policy changes undo regressive drug policies, for which we are thankful, but they do not go far enough to address the root causes of this epidemic. Canada’s current approach to the control of drugs is killing people. Life-saving interventions such as supervised consumption and heroin prescription require federal exemptions to operate. In line with the United Nations, we are calling for the decriminalization of drug use and for a public-health approach that moves people toward services rather than the criminal-justice system.