Canada should train doctors to specialize in addiction

Monday, August 27th, 2012

20 August 2012
… despite the fact that recent advances in addiction research have helped identify effective new treatments, there are few skilled physicians to prescribe them… according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, untreated substance abuse costs Canadians about $40-billion a year… a lot of attention has been placed on expensive criminal justice measures while helping addicts and their families has been given short shrift. The results have been predictable.

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Drug prohibition is dumb on crime

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

May 14, 2011
… a recent World Health Organization study demonstrated that tough drug laws do not translate into stemming drug use… despite the strict mandatory minimum-sentencing regimes that exist in many states, the United States has among the highest lifetime rates of drug use… cutting drug supply by taking a drug dealer off the street will have the perverse effect of making it that much more profitable for new players to get into the market… gun violence… often occurs when remaining gangs fight over the new economic opportunity that police have unwittingly created.

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Conservatives should get weak on drugs

Monday, April 26th, 2010

April 26, 2010
Excessive drug law enforcement and mandatory minimum sentences for drug law violations channel tax dollars from health and education, increase drug violence in the short term and will create negative impacts in the long-term by turning petty drug offenders into hard-core criminals. Conservatives should look at this ongoing legacy in light of their traditional commitment to stronger families, economies and societies, and act accordingly.

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Mandatory minimums won’t curtail illicit drugs

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Apr 15 2010
Once we accept that the war on drugs has failed to meaningfully reduce drug supply and has resulted in a range of destructive consequences, the next step is to consider the threat of each drug individually, rather than lumping drugs like cocaine and marijuana together, and to look toward international models that point the way forward.

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