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Exploring Decriminalization: Insights & Impacts

Panel Discussion on Decriminalization of Drug Possession for Personal Use

This panel discussion was part of the Support Not Stigma Conference held on March 5-6, 2024. It aimed to delve into the complex issue of decriminalization. The activity commenced with the presentation of findings from the recent KFL&A community consultation on decriminalization, shedding light on community perspectives and concerns regarding this pivotal policy shift. Following the presentation, it transitioned into a panel discussion featuring a blend of local experts and experienced voices from British Columbia, where decriminalization has been in effect for over a year.

Date: March 5, 2024 

Moderator: Nico Selibio, Decriminalization Lead, KFL&A Public Health


  • Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health, KFL&A Public Health

  • Alexis Crabtree, Medical Lead of Harm Reduction and Substance Use Services, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

  • Kora DeBeck, Research Scientist, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use

  • Justine McIsaac, Coordinator, Consumption and Treatment Services, Street Health Centre

  • Charlene Burmeister, Person with Lived/Living Experience (PWLLE) Stakeholder Engagement Lead, BCCDC

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