Harm Reduction Comes of Age in Canada, or Does It?
Posted by Donald Macpherson on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
The Supreme Court of Canada’s September 2011 decision allowing Vancouver’s supervised injection site, Insite, to keep operating was a critical milestone for harm reduction in Canada. One only has to look at the list of interveners in the case in support of this innovative service to see that it has become a valued and mainstream service in Canada. Canadian health organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Public Health Association and 11 others saw fit to come before the court to support Insite. But even with this high level of support, scaling up harm reduction services in Canada remains a challenge. Read more
e-Cigarettes: On the Vapour Trail for Harm Reduction
Posted by Renee O'Leary on Monday, March 3, 2014.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have become a fad consumer product in several countries and are banned in others. Here in Canada, nicotine-containing products are regulated (de facto banned) by Health Canada, and non-nicotine e-cigs are legal for sale. However, nicotine products are openly sold in e-cig boutiques in Canada and are available online. Everyone seems to ask one of two questions: “Are e-cigs harmful?” or “Are e-cigs less harmful than smoking?” Read more