Canadian universities’ drug policies shifting to harm reduction strategies

April 26, 2018

Several universities across Canada have started to stock naloxone, an opioid-blocking medication, as part of a shifting attitude toward drug use, writes Michael Rancic. “There was the old messaging around drugs and the war on drugs. Now we’ve got to talk about safe use of drugs and make people aware that drugs other than marijuana have a higher level of danger attached to them now,” stated UBC professor Paul Dagg. Thompson Rivers University's Dean of Students Christine Adam described how TRU started looking more carefully at drug use after a number of accidental overdoses in the Kamloops area. The article adds that Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a nationwide student body, has also advocated for administrations to implement harm-reduction strategies. University Affairs