Leading clinician and addiction researcher Dr. Julian Somers joins host Ari Goldkind on Sirius XM’s Canada Talks show. Ari draws on his experience as a top defence lawyer to ask Dr. Somers about the motives driving “safe supply”, better described as a Public Supply of Addictive Drugs (PSAD).
Calls for PSAD are coordinated by BC-based advocates with no international evidence of success. These advocates have received tens of millions of Federal funds to promote PSAD and include people who are major investors and recipients of funds from pharmaceutical companies.
PSAD would grow the drug industry but do little to curb addictions or help people recover.
Dr. Somers summarizes peer-reviewed research from jurisdictions such as Portugal confirming that solutions involve therapeutic communities and other practical supports that help people overcome their addictions, reconnect with family and society, and gain job skills.
𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗹 reversed their own 𝗱𝗿𝘂𝗴 crisis without a single 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲, 𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀. We need to address the causes of addiction rather than supplying more harmful drugs.
More on Portugal’s success model here
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