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Bestsellers of the Week, Toronto Star, April 1, 2020

Overdose is a top-10 Canadian non-fiction bestseller


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Marcus Gee, Review of Overdose, The Globe & Mail, March 31, 2020

An “important book, the best yet on the crisis . . . Attitudes about drug use and drug users are changing. More people are coming to see what Perrin calls a clear moral wrong: ‘The injustice of unmercifully judging and punishing people who are using drugs in an attempt to get relief from the pain in their lives.’ His book should help hasten that welcome change.”


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Travis Lupick, Review of Overdose, Georgia Strait, March 31, 2020

"Benjamin Perrin's Overdose begs readers to embrace progressive solutions to the overdose crisis. The former legal adviser to prime minister Stephen Harper has laid out a compelling case for an end to Canada's war on drugs."


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Stephen T. Easton, Review of Overdose, Fraser Institute Blog, March 31, 2020

"A powerful indictment of Canada’s current policies toward illegal drugs…Perrin’s book is an excellent popular primer on the issues associated with drugs in Canada and more intensely in B.C. ... Perrin is surely right."


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CBC Books, Upcoming Author Events, March 19, 2020

As Canadians stay indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, writers are sharing their work online in the form of readings, book launches, festivals and Q&As. Here's a collection of them, including Overdose by Benjamin Perrin.


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DATAC, The positives of safe drug sites, March 19, 2020

Overdose author Benjamin Perrin speaks out against  conservative provincial governments in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario for curtailing supervised consumption sites, a life-saving medical intervention.


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S. Philly Review - Philadelphia's supervised consumption site debate - March 17, 2020

Philadelphia is debating supervised consumption sites and Council Member David Oh is opposed. He cited the recent "review" of supervised consumption sites ordered by Premier Jason Kenney's government. But proponents were quick to point out the flaws of the study, citing Overdose author Benjamin Perrin's research.


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Maclean's - Alberta's war on supervised consumption sites - March 12, 2020

"People will die and HIV/AIDS transmission will increase if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney goes ahead with a dangerously biased, methodologically flawed report on supervised consumption sites. Politicians need to listen to public health officials during public health emergencies."


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Vancouver Sun, Three Must-Read Books, March 10, 2020

Overdose by Benjamin  Perrin is profiled as one of three "must-read" books for this Spring


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CBC Radio Edmonton - Alberta's "review" of supervised consumption sites - March 6, 2020

"It's a biased political document... If these recommendations are acted on they will cost lives and increase HIV/AIDS transmissions"


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Crawford Kilian, Review of Overdose, The Tyee, February 18, 2020

“A bold, informed about-face from Stephen Harper’s former drug policy advisor. It should have thousands of pre-orders from every municipality and first-responders’ union in Canada. Thousands more should be ordered for MPs, MLAs, and their staffers, with enough extra to supply voters concerned about drugs as well."


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Globe & Mail editorial supports supervised consumption sites - Jan. 31, 2020

"Perrin argues the answer to local concerns about negative effects of supervised consumption is not fewer venues, but more of them, with extended hours. That would alleviate the pressures on places such as Chumir.


"The Kenney government has taken a narrow view of supervised consumption, focused on its negatives. This has led to a skewed view of a difficult situation. It would be a mistake to close the consumption site at Chumir. Alberta needs to expand such services, rather than pushing addiction into the shadows."


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Rethinking Drug Policy - National Post - Jan. 31, 2020

"70% of federal inmates have substance use disorders. The system costs Canadian taxpayers $5 billion/year. It's time  to re-think our approach to drug policy in Canada."


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A change of heart - Global News Radio - Jan. 31, 2020

"Someone is dying every two hours in Canada. It is time to scrap our prejudices and admit what we're doing is failing."


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What is a supervised consumption site anyway? - CKLW AM800 (Windsor) - Jan. 29, 2020

"Police officers carry guns that can kill, they should carry naloxone that can save a life. It's emergency first aid. The RCMP has been for years."


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The opioid addiction debate - Charles Adler Tonight - Jan. 28, 2020

“We all come from a past, but that doesn’t define our future.”


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One-on-One with Susan Delacourt - Toronto Star, Jan. 28, 2020

“History will do a post-mortem on this ongoing crisis, and it will name the politicians who stood in the way of critical, life-saving interventions.”


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Law Professor Changes Views on Supervised Consumption Sites - 630CHED (Edmonton), Jan. 28, 2020

“Premier Kenney needs to open his mind to the evidence and, more importantly, his heart.”


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Interview with Carol Off, CBC As It Happens, Jan. 27, 2020

"I had never given any thought to drug policy. It was dogma. It was drugs cause crime and destruction. That was the Conservative mantra. And therefore we need to make them illegal. And anything that could possibly facilitate them needs to be quashed. That's the mindless thinking that goes into that form of policy, and it is costing lives."


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Drug aren't killing, it's our lack of compassion by Benjamin Perrin - Calgary Herald, Jan. 25, 2020

"What I concluded after all of this research and soul searching is that my views about drug policy were a deadly cocktail of ignorance and ideology that costs people their lives and devastates communities. I realized that it isn’t illicit drugs that are killing people, it’s our lack of compassion."


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