31 August 2017

The legalization of cannabis and the rapid scale-up of supervised-injection sites and drug-related community initiatives have thrust Canada back into the limelight of global drug policy. Writing against the backdrop of a national overdose crisis and a fracturing of the global consensus on drug prohibition, scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, and Meaghan Thumath argue in an op-ed in Ottawa Citizen that these changes are welcome but insufficient. For solutions, they point to the recommendations in the final report of Canada's Drug Futures Forum that they organized with alumnus Daniel Werb in April 2017.

Read the op-ed in Ottawa Citizen
Read the The Globe and Mail article that mentions 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