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.
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Based on Trump’s cabinet and law-and-order rhetoric, the incoming American administration seems poised to look backwards to a time when violence reigned and countless Latin American lives were thrown away for the pipe dream of a “drug-free world”.
The war on drugs has devastating human and economic costs, fuels macroeconomic illicit markets, and has not suppressed illicit demand for controlled substances, time has come for a new approach to drug policy.
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?
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.