Moms Stop The Harm calls for:
- “Support, don’t Punish!”
A public health approach to substance misuse, rather than a criminal justice focus.
- “End the War on Drugs”
Drug policy reform based on harm reduction at the local, provincial, national and international level.
- “Harm Reduction Saves Lives”
Harm reduction as a key component of a comprehensive response to drugs to prevent or reduce harm and deaths related to substance use.
- Support legislation that allows for ready access to life saving medical care in the case of an overdose, without fear of criminal charges.
- Ensure free access to the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone for all, in all provinces.
- Make medically-assisted treatment programs are readily available across the country.
- Support the implementation of supervised consumption services in all major cities.
- Make needle exchange programs available in all communities.
- "End the stigma”
Treatment approaches that are evidence informed and that respect human rights. Individuals using substances have the right to proper medical care and deserve the same level of support and care offered to those suffering from other diseases, such as cancer.
- “Recovery works”
Make mental health and addictions services part of primary care with a focus on early identification, prevention and treatment.
- “Do no harm”
The promotion of education of physicians and health professionals on: recognizing risk factors; awareness of addictions treatment and harm reduction strategies; and prescribing practices.
- “Know the Drug. Know the Risk.”
Education on substance misuse for young people, their parents, and the community at large. The ‘just say no to drugs’ campaign has been proven to be ineffective. We need a new approach that provides honest, accurate and timely drug information so that young people can make the safest choice possible. The best protection is education.
- “Support Health and Human Rights”
The decriminalization of possession of illegal drugs for personal use to improve public health and to respect human rights.
- “Harm Reduction makes Economic Sense”
The understanding of the economic benefit of harm reduction, which saves lives and allows people to be productive in society. In addition, harm reduction reduces hospital emergency room visits, in-patient treatment, cases of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis, crime, and incarcerations.
- “It Could Be Anyone’s Child”
Compassionate support for the grieving families who have lost a family member to substance misuse and for others who are experiencing trauma as a result of the opioid overdose crisis.