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Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response in Canada

Accidental Opioid overdose deaths must be taken seriously.   The rate in Canada is at an utterly unacceptable level, but it took Andre Picard, in the Globe & Mail (14 April 2014), to call it what it is: "an overdose pandemic".

Deadly Tricks

Book Review


by Kimberley Mansfield

Reviewed by Walter Cavalieri

I am compelled to start with a disclaimer.  I have known Kimberley Mansfield since the mid 1990s.  She is my friend.  She is also a friend to people who work in the sex trades, to people who use illicit drugs and to the field of harm reduction.  Kimberley is a good friend who goes the extra mile for all of us ...

Deputation regarding Supervised Injection Services before the City of Toronto Board of Health

Deputation regarding Supervised Injection Services

City of Toronto Board of Health

Walter Cavalieri

The Canadian Harm Reduction Network

[email protected]

10 July 2013

Information Guide for Peer Workers and Agencies

Here is the second edition of the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force’s “Peer Manual”.  
The Guide was wholly written by peer workers in Toronto agencies.

Harm Reduction in Canada: The Many Faces of Regression

“Harm Reduction in Canada: The Many Faces of Regression”, by Walter Cavalieri & Diane Riley, is a chapter from the book Harm Reduction in Substance Use and High-Risk Behaviour: International Policy and Practice, which was recently published by Wiley-Blackwell in the UK.  The view is somewhat bleak ... but at the same time it can be seen as a call for action.

The Power and the Beauty of Portuguese Drug Policy

This excellent article on drug decriminalisation in Portugal tells HOW it is working ... and, more important ... WHY it is working.

The War on Drug Users: Denying Life, Liberty and Security of the Person

This paper was written by two 4th-year students of International Criminal Law who worked as interns with the Canadian Harm Reduction Network, through the University of Toronto's Service Learning program.  Their research draws on academic and community sources. 

New report connects international aid for drug enforcement to gross human rights violations

LONDON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of dollars in international aid for drug enforcement is spent in countries with extremely poor human rights records resulting in serious abuses, according to a new report by the non-governmental organisation, Harm Reduction International.

The Globe and Mail speaks out again against the War on Drugs

The Globe and Mail followed up yesterday’s stellar editorial slamming the War on Drugs with two editorials today’s edition (April 27, 2012). In this double whammy, the Globe is challenging governments - especially Steven Harper’s - to behave with intelligence and humanity to bring an end to this international folly. On its own, the Globe cannot bring this change about. We, as a knowledgeable and concerned citizenry, have a role to play, which we must define and activate.

Time to transform global drug strategy

An extraordinary editorial from the Globe & Mail, April 26.
Write all your MPs and Senators, regardless of party, and urge them to get on board with this - especially in light of the Dear Leader’s admission that the War on Drugs approach has failed.