Help Not Handcuffs: A case for decriminalizing drugs

Join MLA Swann’s public forum: Help Not Handcuffs: A case for decriminalizing drugs. 2 Albertans, on average, die everyday due to opioid overdose. Could a new approach such as decriminalizing drugs make a lasting difference? How would decriminalizing drugs help stop drugs, not encourage them? Let’s find out on November 14th as an expert panel will discuss the viability of treating this issue as an issue of public health not crime.

Panelists include:

Dr. Hakique Virani: MD, FRCP(C), DABAM, Public Health, Preventive Medicine,
Addiction Medicine. Medical Director, Metro City Medical Clinic. Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, U of A. Advocate for Harm Reduction Policy, and Social Justice.

Rosalind Davis: co-founder, Change the Face of Addiction. Advocate for wider access to harm reduction services and evidence based treatment, progressive drug policy, and ending stigma.

Nicole Williams: BA, MPP, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Elizabeth Fry Society. Com-munity-based researcher and data analyst providing evidence-based research to support service delivery changes and public policy recommendations.

Darren Mycroft: Member, AAWEAR, group of individuals with a history of drug use meeting to support their own health and advocacy.
More panelists to be confirmed.

When: November 14, 2018 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: The O’Brien Institute for Public Health

Health Sciences Centre room G500

Foothills Hospital Campus

3330 Hospital Dr NW, Calgary