Keeping the Door Open
Dialogues on Drug Use



Keeping the Door Open Events
Key Documents and Policies

North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) Project Backgrounder April 2006 (PDF 5 p.)

Health Officers Council Paper:
A Public Health Approach to Drug Control in Canada October 2005 (PDF, 38 pgs - 238K)

Harm Reduction: a British Columbia Community Guide published 2005 by the British Columbia Ministry of Health Services (PDF, 30 pgs)

Every Door is the Right Door: a British Columbia Planning Framework to Address Problematic Substance Use and Addiction  British Columbia Ministry of Health Services, May 2004 (PDF 116 p.)

Best Practices: Methadone Maintenance Treatment published by Health Canada, 2002 (PDF 104 p.)

A Framework for Action: A Four-Pillar Approach to Drug Problems in Vancouver  City of Vancouver Drug Policy Office, April 2001 (PDF 88 p.)

Harm Reduction: a British Columbia Community Guide

Useful Links

Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia

City of Vancouver has adopted a Four Pillars drug strategy.

From Grief To Action is a non-profit advocacy society working to improve the lives of people who use drugs, their families and friends.

VANDU - The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users is dedicated to improving the lives of people who use drugs, their families and our communities. With over 1500 members it is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world.

LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies.

HereToHelp offers public support, information and practical tips concerning mental health or alcohol/drug issues.

Voices of Substance is a group of concerned citizens in Victoria, Canada, dealing with substance use and drug policy issues.

International Harm Reduction Association

Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the U.S. working to end the war on

King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project

Mark Haden is a member of Keeping the Door Open. His website has a variety of presentations, publications and links to harm-reduction related information.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is Canada's national addictions agency.

The Transnational Institute drugs programme has been analysing since 1996 the trends in the illegal drugs market and in drug policies globally, working for a reassessment of the conventional repressive drug policy approaches.

Substance Information Link is a website maintained by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC with information on drug policy, substance use and harm reduction

Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by several of Canada's leading specialists in drug policy.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation is the UK's leading centre of expertise on drug policy reform.

Institute for Policy Studies Drug Policy Project advocates for reform by reaching out to non-traditional allies and employing innovative tactics to promote a sustainable, constitutional, and humane drug control policy.


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