Drug Advisory Committee


    Promote safer and healthier communities through proactive leadership by addressing and influencing prevention, enforcement, harm reduction and treatment of substance abuse.


    1. Education/Prevention:  Develop clear and consistent communication about the harmful effects of drugs.
    2. Drug-Endangered Children: Advocate for federally legislated additional penalty when endangering children in the commission of the substantive offence.
    3. Synthetic Drugs: Under development.
    4. Cannabis: Provide expert advice and guidance on the legalization of cannabis.
    5. Opioid Crisis: Work with stakeholders to identify new evidence-informed strategies.

    Significant Accomplishments 2017-2018

    • Delivered presentations to House of Commons and Senate Standing Committees on CACP positions on cannabis.
    • Provided CACP with policy considerations for police members/safety sensitive positions on consuming cannabis.
    • Participated in the development of  training materials for front-line officers, conducted media interviews on behalf of the CACP and worked with Drug Free Kids Canada to endorse and deliver public safety messages.
    • Presented at several conferences on behalf of the CACP including, “Pillars of Change - Priorities for Addressing the Opioid Crisis” put on by Health Canada and the US Consulate.
    • Made a presentation to the CACP Board of Directors to stand up a Special Purpose Committee to develop a position on the decriminalization of drugs.  DAC is represented on this committee.
    • Advocated for changes to the Canada Post Corporation Act (CACP Resolution) and to federal pill press legislation.
    • Developed information brief for the CACP on supervised consumption sites and pill press legislation.
    • Worked with Health Canada on Bill C-37 on changes such as expedited destruction of drug exhibits, the Good Samaritan Law.

    Initiatives Planned for 2019

    • Support the implementation of legalized cannabis by addressing identified issues, continuing to work as subject matter experts for the CACP, and develop public messaging regarding legalized cannabis and public safety.
    • Advocate for change on the Canada Post Corporation Act, based on the corresponding CACP resolution.
    • Co-chair the CACP Special Purpose Committee and prepare a position paper for the CACP Board of Directors on the police position on decriminalization models.
    • Research key issues around the increase in methamphetamine in eastern provinces, identify gaps and develop resolution(s) to address illicit labs and organized crime involvement in meth production.