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Policy debate on substance use is a lot like groundhog day

By Patrick Dion      

Many Canadians living with substance use disorder die before care and treatment can be obtained. It's an avoidable case of history, regrettably, repeating itself, writes Patrick Dion, formerly of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

The solutions to tackling the stigma, to improving care, and to supporting those struggling with a health disorder have, for the better part of a decade, been exhaustively debated by Canada’s foremost public and private leaders, writes Patrick Dion, formerly of the Mental Health Commission. Photograph courtesy of Unsplash

While Canadians are dying in record numbers from substance use and substance use disorders, instead of embracing successes of the past, many of Canada’s public- and private-sector leaders appear to be starting over to find solutions that already exist.

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