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Canadian Harm Reduction Network Urges Involvement with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 - 12:38 pm

An email recently arrived in my inbox:

The Canadian Harm Reduction Network (CHRN) urges you to read this letter and to become involved with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition in working toward the development of a sensible and humane way to regulate and control of psychotropic substances in Canada, as an alternative to the failed War on Drugs. The CHRN is a partner of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and has partnered in its establishment and development.

Dear friends - Chers amis, chères amies,

It is with great excitement that we write you to announce the official launch of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) and our new website: http://DrugPolicy.ca.

The CDPC represents a diverse and growing national network of civil society organizations, individuals that include front-line harm reduction and treatment providers, youth organizations, parents, HIV/AIDS service organizations, people who use drugs, researchers and public health officials.

Our goal is to produce and advance constructive drug policy recommendations to all levels of government through collaboration with communities across the country. It is time to move away from our current punitive approach to substance use problems to one rooted in public health, evidence, social inclusion and human rights.

Together we can reduce harm from substance use, including death and disease, and improve public safety while minimizing organized criminal involvement in the drug trade.

We urge you to visit http://DrugPolicy.ca to learn more about our vision for:

  • A health, social and human rights approach to substance use;
  • The important role harm reduction approaches play;
  • Removing the stigma of criminalization for people who use drugs;
  • Moving beyond the current approach to drug prohibition;
  • A national dialogue on drug policy for Canada.

The site also features stories about prominent drug policy pioneers, current drug policy related events here and around the world, more about our partners, and CPDC’s voice and issues in the media.

Most importantly – http://DrugPolicy.ca is a place for you to take action and join us in shaping the future of drug policy, legislation and institutional practice in Canada. We want to work with your communities, hear your ideas and have you join in collective discussion to transform drug policy in our country.

We look forward to working together.

Don't forget to let us know what you think of our new website!

Sincerely,

Donald MacPherson
Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

The look of the website, similarity of the domain name, and sponsorship by the OSI conjure up an image of the U.S. based, and quite active, Drug Policy Alliance, http://DrugPolicy.org but it’s not clear what, if any, relationship there is. For the time being I don’t have more time to don an investigative reporter’s hat.