Reduce stigma and other barriers that keep people from seeking support


Stigma around drug use acts as a barrier to seeking treatment and support. As of May 31, 2022,  the federal government has agreed to a limited form of decriminalization for personal possession of illicit drugs. This will help shift legal enforcement and societal attitudes toward drug use from a criminal matter to a health matter. It is a positive step forward for reducing stigma. However, given that six people die everyday from poisoned drugs, it is worrisome that decriminalization will not come into effect until January 1, 2023, and that the threshold for personal possession is so low.

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