social justice & public health

The mission of Drug Policy Alternatives is to contribute to the world-wide movement to change the historically unjust and ineffective approaches to drug policy. DPA uses evidence-informed analysis and principles of social justice to inform and encourage active public participation in this movement.

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Buzz Kill: The Corporatization of Cannabis

Book Announcement!
Issue #17 October 2022

At long last, my book is on the home stretch and available for pre-order from Black Rose Books (Montreal) and University of Chicago Press.
Buzz Kill: The Corporatization of Cannabis is the story of one of Canada’s least understood drug policy failures that quietly unfolded beneath the cover of two loud and calamitous pandemics of drug overdoses and COVID-19.

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Mike DeVillaer

Upcoming Presentations

Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Is it a “Safe Supply?”

Association of Justice and Treatment Professionals Virtual Conference
December 8, 2022

Society for Clinical Research Associates, Hamilton, Virtual Conference
December 8, 2022

 

Recent Media Coverage for DPA

“Four years after legalization, illegal cannabis market still thriving in Canada”
National Post, Oct 17, 2022. https://nationalpost.com/cannabis/four-years-after-legalization-illegal-cannabis-market-still-thriving

“Health Canada begins it’s long-awaited review of the Cannabis Act”.
Canada Tonight, CBC News Network, September 22, 2022. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2076061763667.

Cannabis Corporations: Where is the Harm?

Cannabis Corporations: Where is the Harm?

Issue #16 September 2022
I will start by reframing the title of this issue: What does more harm – cannabis or corporations? This is a critical question in the current world-wide interest in cannabis law reform. To address this question, we must look further than just the cannabis industry.

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Student Drug Use, Drug Problems & COVID-19

Student Drug Use, Drug Problems & COVID-19

Issue #15 June 2022
While it appears that the stresses of COVID did not induce more students to seek solace in recreational drug use, it appears that they may have sought such consolation through electronic indulgences such as playing video games and online gambling.

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COVID-19, Drug Use & Drug Problems

COVID-19, Drug Use & Drug Problems

Issue #14 March 2022
Longitudinal patterns of drug use and harm, if they change at all, tend to change gradually over several years, especially for the adult population. Sudden, dramatic changes are relatively rare. The breadth and degree of the changes…between 2019 and 2020, are unprecedented.

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