Both in Canada and globally, the criminalization of people who use drugs has exacerbated substance use stigma and increased the health risks associated with substance use. (Office of the Provincial Health Officer, 2019) Many prominent public safety organizations have acknowledged the limitations of enforcement or criminal approach to substance use, and the necessity of a public health approach. (CACP, 2020) The resources within this section focus on alternative approaches to justice that reject substance use criminalization, and opportunities for the implementation of a public health approach to substance use within the fields of justice and public safety.
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The Human Rights of and Demands from People who Use Drugs
International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)
Report | Published: 2015
Police & Harm Reduction: How Law Enforcement can Advance Public Safety, Public Health, and Public Confidence
Open Society Foundations
Guide | Published: 2018
Engaging Law Enforcement in Harm Reduction Programs for People Who Inject Drugs
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)
Guide | Published: 2016
On Point: Recommendations for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada
HIV Legal Network
Report | Published: 2016