Canadian Drug Policy is unsuccessful, says new report by CDPC

27 May 2013, 07:28
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Canadian Drug Policy is unsuccessful, says new report by CDPC

"Getting to Tomorrow: A Report On Canadian Drug Policy", the report released by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) on Thursday says that Canada's harsh drug enforcement policy has not managed to quench extensive drug abuse.


CDPC is a network of non-governmental organizations devoted to improving the country's drug policies, suggests decriminalizing methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana as means of struggle against drug use.


The only legal, government-funded facility in North America where people can inject illegal drugs is in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The facility in Vancouver doesn't supply drugs, but does supply clean needles, medical staff, and drug counselor. Drug use, needle sharing, and HIV infection rates have all lowered in Vancouver, a decline that has been attributed to the facility.


According to National Post, the CDPC opposes state and provincial governments' failure to bring down the traffic of drugs into the country, as well as their interference with the alleviation of drug-related health harms.


"While countries all around the world are adopting forward-thinking, evidence-based drug policies, Canada is taking a step backwards and strengthening punitive policies that have been proven to fail," says the report.


"Despite Canada's significant investment in drug control efforts, drugs are cheaper and more available than ever," the report says. "Canada still relies on the criminal law to curb illegal drug use and stem the growth of illegal drug markets."


Underground marijuana business generates an estimated $357 million annually in British Columbia, an amount that the CDPC urges the government to tap into by regulating and taxing the drug.


More controversially, the drug reform group also suggests decriminalizing all other drugs as well, citing the success of countries like Portugal and the Czech Republic, who have both ended the prohibition of all drugs.


Drugs in Portugal are not legal, but they have been decriminalized, meaning that people don't face harsh criminal penalties for drug use.


"In Portugal decriminalization has had the effect of decreasing the numbers of people injecting drugs, decreasing the number of people using drugs problematically, and decreasing trends of drug use among 15 to 24 year olds," the report adds.

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