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Decriminalizing opioids and other drugs in Canada


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Dalla Lana School of Public Health Leadership Series

Supervised injection services are critical, evidence-based public health interventions that save lives daily, but are Toronto's four sites enough? Should Canada join countries like Portugal in decriminalizing drug use to help overcome the stigma associated with addiction and improve community health?

Keynote: 5:30 p.m.
Panel: 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:15 p.m.


Donald MacPherson
Executive Director, Drug Policy Coalition
Simon Fraser University


Dr. Ahmed M. Bayoumi
Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Research Scientist and Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital

Leigh Chapman
Founder, Toronto Overdose Prevention Society
Co-founder, Moss Park Overdose Prevention

Nazlee Maghsoudi
Knowledge Translation Manager, International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
PhD candidate, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Matt Johnson
Harm Reduction Outreach Program Coordinator
Queen West Community Health Centre


Dr. Carol Strike
Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences
Dalla Lana School of Public Health