US President Nixon launched the "war on drugs" in the 1970s. Today, incarceration, social marginalisation and drug-related deaths have led North America to rethink this strategy. However, although positive developments are happening locally in the fields of harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, new drug law enforcement approaches and cannabis regulation, the US and Canadian federal governments remain resistant to drug policy reform.
The law modifications allow prescribers and pharmacists to prescribe individualized take-home supplies of drugs, and pharmacists to deliver medications and extend or refill prescriptions over the phone.
The Drug Policy Alliance reports on the danger of the new American fentanyl laws and states that the best way to reduce fentanyl-related deaths is through evidence-based public health and harm reduction approaches.