By Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Public Health and Regulatory Policy Section In the last few days we have heard about plans to permit the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores in Ontario. For the most part, media reports have made no reference to potential health and safety risks associated with the proposed changes. You would have thought that the reporters were talking about changing the distribution of milk or orange juice in Ontario. What about the possible increase in alcohol-related incidents or negative impact on vulnerable populations — is that not relevant to the discussion? Read more
Posts from the ‘Public Policy’ Category
By Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH
Earlier this week, the New York Times published an op-ed commenting on an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). In the AMA article, three ethicists argued that the movement to deinstitutionalize the mentally ill has been a failure. The op-ed author reiterated the fact that deinstitutionalization has failed those who suffer acute mental illness – and that would be true. However, I was disappointed to hear her go on to say that rather than recalibrate supports for our patients in the community, we should go back to the olden days. Read more
By Dr. Sandy Simpson, Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH
Why are so many people with mental illness in jail?
The problem of people with mental illness being over-represented in the criminal justice system is widely referred to as the ‘criminalisation of the mentally ill’. Why are there more people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system than there should be?
Mental illness rates are about 4 to 7 times more common in prison than in the community. The reasons for this are complex. Read more
By Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH
Today CAMH released a new Cannabis Policy Framework . This document examines the evidence on the harms associated with cannabis use and, based on that evidence, recommends legalization with strict regulation as the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use. Read more