Canada Urged to Decriminalize Drugs

Toronto’s top medical official wants Canada to decriminalize drugs as part of its strategy to tackle a spiraling opioid crisis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already supports measures including supervised injection sites. But as opioid-related deaths reach record highs in Canada, Eileen de Villa’s report calls for the federal government to nix drug possession penalties, which would undercut illicit drug markets, she argued. The report cites Portugal’s decriminalization of drugs, which led to a sharp decline in overdose deaths. But, warns a British Home Office report: “It is difficult to disentangle the effect of decriminalization from wider improvements in treatment and harm reduction during the same period.”

The Washington Post

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