Many of us do not include handsome 'Glee' actors in our conception of the addicted individual. Indeed, for some, Mr. Monteith's sunny disposition, talent, and fairytale rise to fame stands in harsh contrast to the seemingly haggard faces and unenviable lives of those that populate street-level drug scenes like that in Vancouver's poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside.
Daniel Werb has worked extensively in the fields of HIV/AIDS, addictions, and the impact of drug policies on vulnerable populations as a researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and co-founder of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Daniel obtained his BA in English Literature and Philosophy with honours at McGill University. He has worked in both academic and commercial publishing, skills that he then transferred into his role as a researcher and communications fellow at the Senlis Council (now ICOS Group), a Paris-based illicit drug policy lobby group, and as a freelance journalist. Daniel is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. His research has consistently focused on identifying the policies that perpetuate inequity and compromise the rights of drug users. Daniel has received multiple awards for his work, including scholarships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the University of British Columbia, among others.
In the case of Canada and the United States, our addiction to the war on drugs, coupled with an insatiable demand for drugs themselves, has proved a deadly cocktail for those countries unlucky enough to exist along the supply chain. Rather than stifle drug supply, it appears to have fueled it, as estimates suggest that Mexican heroin production has increased 340 per cent since the drug war was launched.
07/06/2012 08:11 EDT
WIth the recent cases of cannibalism as a consequence of using bath salts, a synthetic drug that's now easily found on the streets, people are wondering: Is this the beginning of the zombie apocalypse? Or is this merely the consequence of slow-moving, half-witted drug policies that in fact encourage this type of drug economy?
06/22/2012 04:25 EDT
In science, debates are often the best forum to tackle issues where evidence supports both sides of an uncertain issue. The harms of anti-depressant medication among youth, the value of genetically mo...
06/18/2012 12:27 EDT
While drug abuse is a widespread problem, it's fair to ask: Whose problem is it exactly? With the recent controversy surrounding Insite -- a facility where drug addicts can safely inject themselves with drugs using clean syringes and under the supervision of trained nurses -- the question is: Should Canadians be funding such a facility? In our latest "Change My Mind" debate, Daniel Werb of the Trudeau Foundation argues yes; Dr. Colin Mangham, who works alongside several anti-drug policy bodies, argues no. Whom do you agree with? Cast your vote!
06/14/2012 12:02 EDT
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