Ontario’s health minister says “more can be done” to tackle the opioid crisis and has committed to funding three supervised safe injection sites in Toronto at an estimated annual cost of about $1.6 million and an initial cost of $400,000.
The new Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, pushed for decriminalisation of use of all drugs for personal consumption when he was Prime Minister of Portugal. Could he introduce his comprehensive strategy to reduce drug-related harm on the international stage?
Michel Kazatchkine, UN secretary general special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, argues that prohibition can prevent access to harm reduction treatment, including methadone, for people who inject drugs.
Officials in Seattle approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but necessary response to an epidemic of addiction that is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year.
This study of retail prices of cocaine and opiates in Portugal following drug decriminalization shows that softer drug law enforcement does not necessarily lead to lower prices, which in the Portuguese case may be explained by a more efficient use of resources to fight drug trafficking.