[Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Drug Decriminalization: A Matter of Justice and Equity, Not Just Health
Hakique N. Virani, MD1, Rebecca J. Haines-Saah, PhD2
Published online: November 15, 2019
Since 2016, more than 10,300 Canadians have died of an apparent opioid-related overdose, with the majority involving fentanyl or fentanyl analogs.1 This unprecedented public health crisis has decreased life expectancy at birth in the country’s most affected provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.2 Concerned by this epidemic of overdoses, Canadian advocates for drug policy reform have welcomed the recent recommendation from British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer that drug possession for personal use be decriminalized.
© 2019 American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Opioids; Illicit drugs; Society; Canada.