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    Positive Youth Development Framework for Program Evaluation

    Schools in rural Saskatchewan used the Positive Youth Development (PYD) Framework to evaluate a youth drug prevention program. This study describes the school based drug prevention program and how both the PYD framework and 40-item developmental assessment tool was used to define the goal of the program and evaluate the program.

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  2. Hepatitis C can remain infectious for up to 6 weeks

    Transmission of hepatitis C from hospital stay is increasing. It was hypothesized that hepatitis C virus may be spread from the surfaces where healthcare works or patients come into contact. This peer reviewed article demonstrates that hepatitis C can remain infectious at room temperature for up to six weeks which could help explain how hepatitis C is spread in hospitals. Several commercially available antiseptics are effective against HCV.

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    Drug Use Among Ontario Students (2013)

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released the latest Drug Use Survey Among Ontario Students for 2013. This school survey is of the longest ongoing school surveys in the world (1977-2013). Highlights in this report include: Ontario high school students are drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes less than before, but there are concerns that there is a rise of over-the-counter cough and cold medication usage.

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  4. World AIDS Day – Dec 1st

    Why we need to talk about harm reduction on World AIDS Day.

    Editorial from OHRDP

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    No Confirmed Reports of Desomorphine (Krocodil/Crocodile) in Canada

    The Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU) has released the following bulletin in response to growing concern about the drug Krocodil.


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    CATIE Webinar: New Recommendations for Delivery of Harm Reduction Programming in Canada

    A new best practice recommendations document is now available for harm reduction programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms. This document was created to help Canadian programs keep pace with the most up to date scientific evidence related to harm reduction.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

    Presented by Carol Strike, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.


    The goal of this webinar is to help service providers familiarize themselves with the recommendations and supporting evidence.

    The recommendations address the following topics:

    •             needle and syringe distribution;

    •             other injection equipment distribution;

    •             safer crack cocaine smoking equipment distribution;

    •             disposal and handling of used drug use equipment;

    •             safer drug use education; and

    •             education and naloxone distribution in opioid overdose prevention

    This webinar is for service providers, community members and policy makers who would like to become familiar with the newest best practice recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs that serve people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms.

  7. Opioid Overdose Risk Factors

    To help promote Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, the OHRDP has developed a new resource outlining in detail the many risk factors for opioid overdose and how to reduce those risks. This 18 minute video is geared toward health care and service providers working in a harm reduction capacity.

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  8. Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs

    Drug use practices that can lead to transmission of HIV, HCV, and other infections are pressing issues affecting communities throughout Canada. To stay current with emerging evidence and ensure that people have access to high-quality services that help prevent HIV and HCV transmission, best practice recommendations must undergo review and update. A Canada-wide team of researchers, service providers, policy makers and people with lived experience have developed, through extensive literature review and synthesis, an updated and comprehensive set of best practice recommendations: Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs that Provide Service to People Who Use Drugs and are at Risk for HIV, HCV, and Other Harms.

    The document has new and improved best practice recommendations about needle and syringe distribution, other injection equipment distribution, handling and disposal of used drug-use equipment, and safer drug-use education. In addition, lots of new material can be found on safer crack cocaine smoking equipment distribution and opioid overdose prevention (education and naloxone distribution). Below are links to the full set of recommendations, individual recommendations for equipment, disposal and education, and informative one-pager summaries of the recommendations and evidence!

    Together, these chapters form Part 1 of updated best practice recommendations for harm reduction programs across Canada. Part 2 is under development and should be released next year.

    More Resources on the CATIE website – English

    More Resources on the CATIE website – French


  9. Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Training Video

    Details on how to train peers on overdose prevention and the use of Naloxone are provided in this training video by Toronto Public Health. The video was funded by the Central Toronto LHIN and will be of interest to physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, counsellors, social workers, community health workers, and anyone who might be working with people who are using opioids.

    Please pass this information to anyone in your organization or partner organizations who may have an interest in the information.

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    Safer Steroid Use

    A booklet on safer steroid use has been produced by Ottawa Public Health and is now available on the CATIE website.

    This comprehensive guide discusses what steroids are, which side effects to watch for, what equipment to use, where to landmark and lots of other harm reduction messaging.