Edmonton advocates praise police chiefs’ recommendation to decriminalize personal possession of illicit drugs

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That could include regulating all substances. Taylor used the example of a U-shaped curve. At the top of one end is the “most dangerous situation” with an unregulated, illegal market.

“I’d say that’s where we’re at right now. When we look at the overdoses, the carfentanil that’s coming into town, the fact that whatever people are buying on the street, they don’t know what they’re buying. It’s awful,” Taylor said.

The top of the other end of the ”U” is an unregulated legal market that is also dangerous, where companies could be selling drugs like meth or opium.

“In between that at the bottom of the curve of the U, is where we’re looking at harm reduction, decriminalization, regulation, either heavy or light and so on,” Taylor said. “I think that’s where most public health people understand that that’s the sweet spot that we have to get to.”