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A Calling for Drug Policy reform in Canada

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Reviewed: 2020-04-13

Benjamin Perrin, the former top criminal justice punishment policy adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, published a new book regarding the opioid crisis in Canada. His book, once again strongly confirmed the failures of the prohibition regime and the war on drugs. It provided direct insights from numerous representatives within the criminal justice system, the health care system, and the social welfare system. It is now the time for the provincial and federal government to act on the overdose crisis in the midst of two public health emergencies. It is time to admit the supply and demand of illicit substances, including fentanyl at the street level, comes hand in hand. It is now the time to reduce the demand for unregulated and unsafe opioid supply and stop feeding into profits of criminal organization groups. It is now the time to end the stigmas around substance use disorders and develop evidence-based policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Overdose” provides recommendations of immediate actions that need to be adopted and implemented by policymakers. It is now the time to learn from our mistakes and develop comprehensive strategies that do not focus on fear-mongering, but inclusion and compassion.