28 August 2017

In August 2017, Canada’s federal government rejected calls from politicians, health officials, and experts in British Columbia to study whether to decriminalize illegal opioids. Struggling to contain an overdose epidemic that began in BC and has since spread across the country, the experts argued that all options should be on the table. This was also one of the recommendations in the final report of Canada's Drug Futures Forum: to strike a new federal commission to study regulating all illicit drugs.

Organized by scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb, Canada's Drug Futures Forum united more than 200 scientific experts, frontline workers, politicians, and people who use drugs over two days of discussions in Ottawa in April 2017.

Read the The Globe and Mail article mentioning the report

Jennifer Peirce

Jennifer Peirce (criminal justice, City University of New York) is exploring how prison governance reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last twenty years have influenced detention conditions and rehabilitation initiatives.

2015 Scholars

Ayden Scheim

Ayden is researching how marginalization impacts transgender people’s health in order to find strategies for intervention at the social and policy levels.

2014 Scholars

Claudia Stoicescu

Ms. Stoicescu is investigating the trigger elements of sexual and injection-related HIV risk behaviours among women who use drugs and marginalized women in Indonesia.

2014 Scholars

Meaghan Thumath

Meaghan Thumath (social policy and intervention, University of Oxford) is a public health and outreach nurse seeking to understand the effects of child removal on marginalized women in Canada.

2015 Scholars

Daniel Werb

Daniel is an epidemiologist and policy analyst with expertise working in the fields of HIV, addictions, and drug policy.

2012 Scholars