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Decriminalize all drug possession? Not a bad idea: Editorial

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The Toronto Star


Toronto, Ontario



The United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross, the Canadian Public Health Association, the medical health officers of British Columbia, Vancouver, Toronto, not to mention many front-line health workers – they all agree: treating drug users like criminals is a costly, dangerous mistake. And as Canada’s epidemic of opioid overdoses deepens, this chorus is growing louder and more urgent.

It’s time Ottawa listened.

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