By Letter to the Editor on January 10, 2020.
This week I’ve been following the reports from Thunder Bay on The Current. Of course Thunder Bay is not the only community with a drug problem. The problem is here, too!
Have you heard that insanity is defined as keeping on doing the same thing hoping for a different outcome? That is how drug policy works in Canada. We keep using the criminal justice system to address a social problem. This is making us all crazy.
I live two blocks from where our supervised infection site was supposed to go. I go to church every week with people who have lost loved ones to street drugs.
One of the obstacles is that in Canada the Criminal Code comes under the federal government. Social policy comes under the provinces. As long as the feds keep on using the criminal code to address the drug problem the province doesn’t have to use social policy to address what is clearly a social issue.
It is time to drop the insanity. Other jurisdictions are trying various forms of legalization and decriminalization. It is time for us to do so as well.