Donald MacPherson

Donald MacPherson is currently the Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada’s approach to the use of psychoactive substances. The Coalition is a partner project with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University where Donald has an Adjunct Faculty appointment. Formerly he was North America’s first Drug Policy Coordinator at the City of Vancouver where he worked for 22 years. He is the author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking “Four Pillars Drug Strategy,” which called for new approaches to drug-related problems based on public health and human rights principles. In 2007 he received the Kaiser Foundation National Award of Excellence in Public Policy in Canada.

  • More Harm Than Good

    Drug Policy in Canada

    By Susan C. Boyd, Connie I. Carter and Donald MacPherson     April 2016

    In More Harm Than Good, Carter, Boyd and MacPherson take a critical look at the current state of Canadian drug policy and raise key questions about the effects of Canada’s increasing involvement in and commitment to the “war on drugs.”

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