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The evidence is clear: Bill S-10 will result in expensive, ineffective sentencing

Hundreds of health, research and academic leaders across Canada have signed an open letter outlining concerns regarding Bill S-10 and the federal government's proposal to introduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offences. Click here to read the open letter and learn more.

Les données sont claires : le projet de loi S-10 entraînera des peines coûteuses et inefficaces

Des centaines de chefs de file des milieux de la santé, de la recherche et des universités de partout au Canada ont signé une lettre ouverte qui résume les préoccupations liées au projet de loi S-10 et à la proposition du gouvernement fédéral d’introduire des peines d’emprisonnement minimales obligatoires pour les infractions liées à la drogue. Cliquez ici pour lire la lettre et obtenir plus de renseignements.

UHRI directors win inaugural Population and Public Health Research Milestones Initiative award

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Public Health Association recognize the outstanding contributions of Dr. Thomas Kerr and Dr. Evan Wood in developing Canada’s research base for harm reduction and health equity approaches to HIV prevention and control.

Follow the links to learn more about the Research Milestones award and to read the nomination essay.

UHRI co-director Evan Wood named Junior Doctor of the Year by BMJ Group

BMJ Group, publisher of the British Medical Journal, has chosen Dr. Wood as its first Junior Doctor of the Year, an honour which is awarded annually to a physician early in their career who has done the most to improve the world we live in or to inspire others. More…

Study links crack cocaine smoking to HIV infection
A UHRI research study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found a link between crack cocaine smoking and HIV infection and calls for the evaluation of novel public health interventions, including supervised inhalation facilities. More…

UHRI research raises questions about Thailand’s “War on Drugs”
Two studies undertaken by UHRI investigators in partnership with the Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group suggest that the Thai government’s “War on Drugs” has resulted in serious human rights violations and has had little if any impact on drug use patterns among Thai people who inject drugs. More…

CMAJ News: Scientists have a duty to challenge government policies
"Scientists have an obligation to speak out when political leaders 'systematically ignore scientific evidence'.”

Read the full article, featuring UHRI co-director Dr. Thomas Kerr, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal