Canada’s broken drug policies are harming our society

A woman sits on the ground after injecting herself with an unknown substance outside Insite, the supervised consumption site, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press.

“Last week, Canadians, especially those in Ontario, may have felt a glimmer of hope after a series of policy announcements seemed to signal a shift in drug policy. However, this optimism may be misplaced. Despite the recent statements from various levels of government, the reality is that our drug policies in Canada continue to fail, and changes need to be made.

The Illusion of Change

While the Province of Ontario and the federal government in Ottawa have made statements opposing the decriminalisation of drugs, the truth is that in practical terms, drug use in Toronto is already decriminalised. The recent events in Leslieville, where a shocking murder took place near a supervised injection site, shed light on the flaws in our current drug policies.

The Status Quo

The current approach to drug policy in Canada has allowed drug dealers to operate freely, leading to dangerous and chaotic situations in communities like Leslieville. Public health officials and politicians have failed to address the underlying issues of addiction and instead continue to perpetuate policies that do more harm than good.

The Call for Change

It is time for a new approach to drug policy in Canada. We need policies that prioritize treatment and recovery for those struggling with addiction, rather than enabling drug use and the cycle of destruction that comes with it. It is crucial for elected officials to listen to the voices of their communities and work towards meaningful solutions.


The current state of drug policy in Canada is unsustainable and harmful. It is time for a change in approach, one that focuses on compassion, treatment, and recovery. By addressing the root causes of drug addiction and implementing evidence-based solutions, we can create a safer and healthier future for all Canadians.”



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