Are you FED UP with Canadian drug policy? I know I am, and I'm certainly not alone!
An amazing organization known as ruFEDUPca is out to advocate for some long overdue changes to the current drug policies and legislation in Canada.
Here's a quick rundown of what the ruFEDUPca initiative is all about...
What's the problem?
"Canadian Drug Policy has failed. It has failed to keep Canadian communities safe. It has failed to prevent Canadians from becoming addicted to legal and illicit drugs and it has failed to keep Canadians who use drugs safe from disease and death."
What steps need to be taken?
Not only do they advocate for improved evidence-based drug policy, but equal and stigma-free treatment for all.
"We need an immediate investment in a wide range of evidence-based addictions treatment services that recognize how in many cases, addictions are a chronically relapsing condition requiring varying intensities of treatment potentially over a lifetime of struggle."
Want more detailed information? Of course you do!
You can read more about ruFEDUPca's "Proposal for Canadian Drug Policy Reform" here. You can also view the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition's full policy brief "Opioid Overdose Prevention & Response in Canada" here, as well as the Canadian Public Health Associations discussion paper entitled "A New Approach To Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada" here.
Who exactly is the harm reduction hero behind ruFEDUPca?
The woman and mastermind behind the ruFEDUPca campaign is the amazing Donna D. May. Since the loss of her daughter in the summer of 2012 due to complications of addiction, Donna has become a powerful and vocal advocate for amending current Canadian drug legislation, the implementation of harm reduction initiatives (consumption sites, needle exchanges), as well as actively raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and addictions.
Just one short month ago on September 30th, Donna led representatives, advocates and supporters from around the country in the ruFEDUPca rally on Parliament Hill, in our capital city of Ottawa. Together, they emphasized the importance of drug policy reform and the need for change. You can check out more photos from the rally here.
Donna & ruFEDUPca have so very generously outfitted me with a teeshirt and buttons to help show my support and raise awareness for the cause! Check them out below...
Be sure to visit the ruFEDUPca website, as well as Jac's Voice, and show your support for this amazing initiative.
You can read more about Donna and her late daughter Jacquilynne's story in the heart-wrenching piece "Jacquilynne Gray: Lost in Plain View" by Steffanie Petroni. Heads up: You're going to want to keep the box of tissue nearby for this read. It brought me to tears.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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