Drug Decriminalization Public Forum


Join MLA Swann's public forum: Help Not Handcuffs: A case for decriminalizing drugs. Two 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.


Dr. Hakique Virani
Rosalind Davis
Nicole Williams
Darren Mycroft 

The event will take place in the Health Sciences Centre of the Foothills Hospital Campus room G500

“Drug addiction and its link to mental health is a complex issue. It is also a deadly problem that is not being adequately resolved here in Alberta and around the world.

We believe this is a disease, not a crime. We must treat people with this deadly illness and not punish them as offenders. Removing the stigma around this entire issue should be a priority."




November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm


O'Brien Institute for Public Health, Health Sciences Centre at Foothills Campus, 3350 Hospital Drive NW Calgary

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