Response to Liberal government decriminalization position on eve of vote
"I think we have to develop the Canadian model here," were the reported words of federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor from Wednesday, speaking against the proposal for decriminalization.
Can 'the Canadian model' not include decriminalization?
[*Addition:] Signatory Marilou Gagnon, receiving the Leadership Award in Political Action today at the RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) AGM, said: "This government says that it supports harm reduction but it refuses to address the single most harmful thing out there: criminalization. Harm reduction will never work to its full potential as long as it’s done in a harm-inducing context. Decriminalizing drug use is the most effective way to reduce harms, improve health, and connect people with health and social services. Decriminalizing is the most effective way to eliminate stigma and inequities. Decriminalizing is the most effective way to save lives. If the federal Health Minister is truly committed to harm reduction, she can no longer ignore the role that criminalization plays in harming people who use drugs. She must actively work to create a context that support, not punish people who use drugs." Gagnon is president of the national Harm Reduction Nurses Association, was one of the organizers of the Overdose Prevention Ottawa pop-up safe consumption site this past fall, and is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.
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