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Unintentional Opiate Overdose Deaths -- King County, Washington, 1990-1999

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Date: 
2000
Pages: 
4
Summary: 
A report summarizing the results of an analysis of 140 deaths from unintentional opiate overdose in King County, Washington. The report concludes that deaths from opiate overdose increased substantially in this area between 1990 and 1999. The report also lists interventions to decrease unintentional opiate overdose.
Keywords: 
deaths; heroin; injection drug use; IDU; methadone; overdose

Illicit Drugs: A Public Health Approach

Publication type: 
Conference / Meeting Proceedings
Agency: 
Addiction Services, Vancouver Coastal Health
Date: 
2007-10
Pages: 
94
Summary: 
An in-depth PowerPoint presentation about a public health approach to illicit drugs in Canada. Outlines the downfalls - social, health, economic, political - of prohibition, and contrasts this with the potential benefits of taking an approach that emphasizes human rights, harm reduction, and the public health. Describes what drug market regulation could look like and responds to common myths and objections against the legalization of illicit drugs.
Keywords: 
drug policy; Canada; harm reduction; prohibition; war on drugs; government policy; legalization; criminalization; public health

Night Owl Buses: Towards Social Justice in the Vancouver Region

Publication type: 
Position Paper
Agency: 
Bus Riders' Union
Date: 
2003
Pages: 
54
Summary: 
Position paper arguing that public transit is a human right, and showing how thousands of bus riders across the Vancouver region were negatively affected by the transit cuts in 2001. Among those most impacted were the late night workers, women and youth who depend on Night Owl buses to get home after 1:40 a.m. The author demands the return of the Night Owl buses as a first step towards a massive expansion of bus service and the creation of an affordable, accessible, and integrated bus system. An appendix of testimonials by members of the public about their need for the Night Owl Buses is included.
Keywords: 
Bus Riders' Union; public transit; discrimination; access; cutbacks; women; youth; safety; human rights; workers; Vancouver; British Columbia; advocacy

Post Prohibition Drug Control Systems

Publication type: 
Miscellaneous
Agency: 
Addiction Services, Vancouver Coastal Health
Date: 
2007-11
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
Excel spreadsheet that provides detailed information about the types of government controls that might be associated with different drugs, in a post-prohibition context.
Keywords: 
drug policy; Canada; prohibition; health care; harm reduction; police

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Persons From HIV-Endemic Countries in Ontario, 1981-98: Situation Report

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Date: 
1999-11
Pages: 
71
Summary: 
This report analyses available data on HIV prevalence and infection rates for people living in Ontario who were born in countries in the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. Immigrants to Ontario have the highest HIV prevalence rate after men who sleep with men and injection drug users. The report presents a series of figures, tables and descriptive analyses of HIV diagnoses, AIDS incidence, AIDS-related mortality, perinatal (mother-to-child) transmission, and population demographics in relation to HIV and AIDS prevalence and incidence. The report highlights the need for epidemiologic research to validate the results of the study, as well as social and behavioural studies to better understand the determinants of HIV transmission among immigrants.
Keywords: 
HIV/AIDS; HIV/AIDS epidemic; HIV transmission; immigrants; immigration; Ontario; Africa; Caribbean; mother-to-child transmission; men who sleep with men (MSN); pregnant; pregnancy

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Annual Report 04-05

Publication type: 
Annual Report
Agency: 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
40
Summary: 
A bilingual french/english report from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network documenting the activities, events, and changes within the organization during the year 2004/05. Highlights include: prison needle exchange; Bill C-9 and access to antiretroviral drugs; human rights and sex work in Canada; stigma and discrimination; and vaccines. The document also includes a list of publications produced by the Network and a copy of the Network's financial statements.
Keywords: 
AIDS; Bill C-9; Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Netwok; discrimination; HIV/AIDS; human rights; needle exchange

Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Reform Websites

Publication type: 
Annotated Bibliography
Agency: 
Addiction Services, Vancouver Coastal Health
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
Comprehensive listing and description of websites about harm reduction and drug policy reform, from both Canadian and international sources.
Keywords: 
drug policy; Canada; harm reduction; prohibition; war on drugs; government policy; legalization; criminalization; websites

Frequently asked Questions about Ending Prohibition

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Agency: 
Creative Resistance Against Drug Prohibition
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
Set of frequently asked questions and answers about the legalization of illicit drugs in Canada. Provides information about what a regulated drug market would look like, and dispels myths that legalization would lead to more addiction, worse health outcomes, and the belief that it would cost taxpayers more. Also addresses issues of legalization and crystal meth and issues of legalized drugs and pregnancy.
Keywords: 
drug policy; Canada; harm reduction; prohibition; war on drugs; government policy; legalization; criminalization; police; pregnancy; meth;

Eleven reasons why injectable heroin should be available as an option to physicians who are treating heroin addicts

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Addiction Services, Vancouver Coastal Health
Date: 
2003-06-06
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
While the advantages of methadone maintenance are well known, the advantages of heroin maintenance are less well publicised. This paper lists and describes some of the advantages of heroin maintenance, such as fewer side effects, withdrawal symptoms and deaths than methadone maintenance. Other advantages relate to heroin maintenance programs being more empowering, inclusive, less restrictive, and ultimately more effective than methadone programs.
Keywords: 
drug policy; Canada; harm reduction; methadone maintenance; heroin maintenance

Consequences of Drug Prohibition

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Addiction Services, Vancouver Coastal Health
Date: 
2004-11
Pages: 
6
Summary: 
Paper that reviews the negative consequences of Canada's drug policy, which is primarily one of policing and enforcement rather than treatment and harm reduction. The author argues that Canada takes a "war on drugs" approach that this is ineffective and has negative social consequences. In point-form, the author lists a number of negative social, individual, political, health, family and economic consequences of the "war on drugs" in Canada.
Keywords: 
Canada; police; drugs; addiction; drug use; harm reduction; economic policy; economy; war on drugs; crime; government policy; access to treatment

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