March 26, 2018
Room 1072, Sidney Smith Building, 100 St George Street, University of Toronto
Drawing from original research and over 170 archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada’s unique drug prohibition policies, and resistance to them, evolved. This history demonstrates that prohibition and criminalization produces harm rather than benefits. She argues that drug prohibition has resulted in the arrest of thousands of Canadians each year for drug possession and that barriers to harm reduction services fuels the drug overdose death crisis, and further shaped the Motherisk tragedy.
With guest Donald MacPherson, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition