Your gift will support the development of an innovative qualitative research project to focus discussion on specific models of regulating four classes of currently illegal drugs: opioids, stimulants, sedatives, and psychedelics. Your gift will also foster consultation with different stakeholders to develop public engagement and knowledge translation tools that will help members of the public understand some of the regulatory choices we can make about drugs, such as who, where, and what needs to be done to access them, and the outcomes of different regulatory decisions. In the process, we are hearing the thoughts and preferences of different stakeholders—from medical professionals to consumers—on how these questions should be answered.
Most importantly, we share what we learn with governments to encourage them to consider evidence-based models for regulation based on what the public demands and drug policies grounded in evidence and public health principles.
The Regulation Project is an opportunity to move the conversation in Canada towards pragmatic, evidence-based solutions and move one step closer to better protecting and improving the lives of Canadians.