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Panic and Indifference: 100 Years of Drug Policy Abuse in Canada, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Waterloo, Ontario
March 11, 2015

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Hawks Nest, 3rd Floor Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
Canada’s narcotic laws and the funding thereof have been the primary intervention used for the last century to curb both supply and demand for certain substances.   Despite best efforts, there is ample evidence that the outcomes are not what policy makers then, or now, had hoped for.  Meanwhile, legal and regulated substances such as prescription painkillers have produced harms, including accidental fatalities and addiction, at unprecedented levels.  Despite robust evidence of harms, with few exceptions, affected Canadian policy and programming systems have been slow to react.
Featuring rare footage from the film festival “In The Mind’s Eye,” be sure to join us for an exciting multimedia overview of Canadian issues in drug policy with very real impacts for individuals, families and communities.  Hear about current initiatives and alternatives to doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Michael Parkinson is with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) and has been involved with drug-related issues for several years at multiple levels.  Locally, the WRCPC developed the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy and has been a leader in responding to the exponential rise and consequent harms resulting from Canada’s world- leading appetite for prescription opioids.
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Sponsored by the Social Work Committee at Wilfrid Laurier. Free food and beverages will be provided.