Recent media coverage oversimplifies and misrepresents the root causes of homelessness, drug dependence issues and crime, which respond not to drug decriminalisation but broader socio-structural factors, including social exclusion, the housing crisis, economic insecurity, and the lasting impacts of a global pandemic.
Hendy et al. examine the potential, and limitations, of existing social equity provisions in cannabis legislation, pointing to the importance of reparatory frameworks that address structural forms of social exclusion.
The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition provides insight about value-based and implementation-focused priorities that centre drug user leadership in the development and expansion of safe supply models in Canada.
This event will identify shared themes, interests and issues of concern and explore means by which these stakeholders can become empowered to achieve Scotland’s national mission to reduce drug-related deaths and improve lives.
Van Selm et al. highlight the considerable lack of data regarding migrants who use drugs and their access to drug dependency services, with 15 recommendations designed to improve data collection and service accessibility and availability,
Cat Packer highlights how the Biden administration could use existing norms on equity as a framework to understand and address how cannabis laws and policies create barriers for underserved communities.
Dianova highlights the powerful impact the words that we choose in our everyday language can have on perpetuating stigma against people who use drugs, and provides respectful, person-first alternatives.
Participants convened by the Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status outline the harms of criminalisation for marginalised groups and call for urgent action to curb them through legal reforms, further research and funding for civil society.