Sure - Canadian Substance Use Resource and Knowledge Exchange Centre

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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