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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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