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.
This webinar will address access to opioid treatment services during the pandemic and opportunities to build on recent changes to federal regulations that have made buprenorphine and methadone prescribing more flexible and accessible.
The main causal factor for homelessness and drug use is the same: Policies that constrain people's ability to meet their daily needs, secure steady employment, afford rent and be part of a stable community.
The criminalisation of sex work and drug use disproportionately affects sex workers in the LGBTQ+ community by increasing the incidence of assaults and fatal overdoses and exposing them to unsafe prison conditions in these times of COVID-19.