10AM EST – 11:15AM EST
The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council has endorsed legalization with strict regulation as the best drug policy option to immediately and dramatically improve health and safety for all residents of Canada, prevent thousands of drug poisoning deaths and injuries annually, and, provide financial savings to public, non-profit, and private sector budgets.
A central consideration was that neither prohibition or decriminalization policy models reduce the toxicity of a robust, unregulated drug marketplace killing and injuring residents across Canada. Four thousand people died of un-prevented drug poisoning in Ontario in 2021, with no relief expected in 2022. In Waterloo region, drug poisoning deaths (158) outnumbered Covid-19 fatalities (145) in 2021.
Short presentations will be followed by a question period, with journalists first, and audience members second. The Issues of Substance report will be available on March 16th at www.overdoseprevention.ca
Join WRCPC’s Michael Parkinson along with:
- Irene O’toole, Vice Chair, WRCPC
- Ruth Cameron, Executive Director, ACCKWA*
- Judah Oudshoorn, Professor
- Sara Escobar, Peregrine Outreach
- Jesse Burt, Harm reduction/outreach, ACCKWA*