One of the thematic threads holding together the 53rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (the CND is the UN's global drug policy body) was the "debate" on "demand reduction." The latter term refers to how countries go about reducing domestic illicit drug demand and consumption. And there's no real "debate," just a series of statements read by each country's representatives.
The recent B.C. Court of Appeal decision that has allowed Insite, Vancouver's supervised injecting facility for illicit drug users, to remain open is significant to all Canadians concerned about the harm drugs cause in our society.
In the wake of the release of a scathing report from international experts declaring their efforts to create a “drug free world” a failure, diplomats from 53 countries including Canada gathered in Vienna, Austria last weekend to plan the next campaign in the so-called war on drugs.
In a neighbourhood where rampant heroin use once led to the highest HIV infection rates recorded in a developed country, supporters of a controversial safe injection site are preparing to go to Canada’s highest court to stop the federal government from shutting it down.
Dr. Julio Montaner, clinical director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS, is furious that the RCMP funded "bogus" research on the Insite safe-injection facility and tried to pass it off as peer-reviewed science.