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Heroin Laws in Canada

Criminal Code & Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Heroin: Consequences of a Schedule I Drug

If you have been charged with a crime in Canada, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Heroin - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms


Injecting a substance directly into the bloodstream through a vein, which leads to an instant high but it is also the riskiest method to consume drugs in terms of overdosing.

Reasonable doubt

The Supreme Court of Canada has said that reasonable doubt “falls much closer to absolute certainty than to proof on a balance of probabilities” and “that something less than absolute certainty is required, and that something more than probable guilt is required."

Schedule I

Schedule I drugs are commonly characterized as “hard drugs.” They include street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and opium and numerous pharmaceutical-grade drugs such as oxycodone and morphine. Schedule I drugs show a high risk of dependency. See Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.


The administration of a street drug under the skin, which allows it to diffuse slowly, extending the duration of the feeling of euphoria.