Recent Articles

About Methadone and Buprenorphine, Revised 2nd Edition

The Drug Policy Alliance published About Methadone and Buprenorphine to help patients make healthy and informed treatment decisions with their doctors. As part of our broader mission, we also seek to end the prejudices and policies that cause discrimination against all people in maintenance therapies.

Report of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment Study, 2012

Do Toronto and Ottawa need supervised consumption facilities?  Is the implementation of supervised consumption facilities in Toronto or Ottawa feasible?  To answer these questions, a reseaerch team consucted the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment (TOSCA) a scientific study involving the collection and analysis of data from a variety of sources.

This Time it Matters

For more than two decades I was a soldier in the War on Drugs. In the course of my career, I have helped put drug users and dealers in jail; I have presided over the break-up of families; I have followed the laws of my state and country, and have seen their results.

At one point, I held the record for the largest drug prosecution in the Los Angeles area: 75 kilos of heroin, which was and is a lot of narcotics.

But today the record is 18 tons. I have prosecuted some people, and later sentenced others, to long terms in prison for drug offenses, and would do so again.

A Plan for the Deployment of Four Outreach Workers To Provide Prevention, Education And Support Services to the IDU Community in the City of Toronto

Proposal to the AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health, Province of Ontario, for the Deployment of Four Outreach Workers To Provide Prevention, Education and Support Services to the IDU Community in the City of Toronto (Excluding Scarborough and North York)



An HIV / AIDS Prevention Outreach Program in Scarborough for People Who Inject Drugs

Program Location

Recommendation - The Host Agency
Recommendation - The Satellite Agencies
Benefits to Host / Satellite Agencies
Responsibilities of Host and Satellite Agencies
Host and Satellite Agency Orientation
The Relationship Between the Host and Satellite Agencies and The Outreach Worker

Endorphins and You Part I – What the heck makes them so important!

Everyone that’s had something to do with drugs has heard about endorphins. They’re the “happy chemicals” in your brain that block pain. They’re also produced during certain acupuncture techniques, produce the “high” joggers get, and of course, what makes SEX worth all that trouble!

Another aspect however, though related to drug use (especially opiates), but not as well known to the “general public”, is the role endorphins play in the brain and in basic mental functioning.

Alternatives To Cocaine Use – The Stuff Your Doctor Doesn’t Want You To Know To Help Yourself!

Hello kiddies – I know I promised an article that would further elaborate on endorphins, however there has been increased awareness, attention, (and need!) for knowledge around cocaine - and what people can do to get off it – or at least to gain some kinda management over chronic, uncontrollable usage.

Peer Work

“Peer” Works is an abridged version of a presentation Heidi made for a forum called “Peers on Peering” for the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force in August 2001.

Harm reduction, methadone maintenance treatment and the root causes of health and social inequities: An intersectional lens in the Canadian context

Using our research findings, we explore Harm Reduction and Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) using an intersectional lens to provide a more complex understanding of Harm Reduction and MMT, particularly how Harm Reduction and MMT are experienced differently by people dependent on how they are positioned. Using the lens of intersectionality, we refine the notion of Harm Reduction by specifying the conditions in which both harm and benefit arise and how experiences of harm are continuous with wider experiences of domination and oppression.

Drugs, Homelessness & Health:

This report presents the results of a harm reduction needs assessment survey among the most at-risk homeless youth in Toronto, identify barriers to appropriate health services, and based on the youth’s voices, make recommendations, and advocate for better programs to serve this vulnerable population. It concludes with 12 pages of recommendations.

After the War on Drugs: Blueprint to Regulation

There is a growing recognition around the world that the prohibition of drugs is a counterproductive failure. However, a major barrier to drug law reform has been a widespread fear of the unknown—just what could a post-prohibition regime look like?

‘After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation’ answers that question by proposing specific models of regulation for each main type and preparation of prohibited drug, coupled with the principles and rationale for doing so.

The Crack Users Project: A Manual

The Crack Users Project (CUP) is a capacity-building initiative, developed by Street Health and Regent Park Community Health Centre, with the goal of reducing the harms associated with the use of crack cocaine among users in southeast downtown Toronto. It was initiated in 2005.

National Working Meeting on Crack Cocaine and Hepatitis C

This poster is the only printed result from a major meeting about crack called by the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2006.  All went well up to the time of writing the paper that was contracted. It was never done. This poster just skims the surface of what was a truly outstanding meeting.

Overview of Syringe Exchange Programs

This police training session is specific to New York, but you can get ideas about what you might want to include in police training in your own communities.