Sector News

  1. Findings from a 20 year marijuana review shows negative outcomes from chronic use

    The findings from a marijuana study shows there are negative outcomes from chronic marijuana use that we should be made aware of and share with our clients. Some of the negative outcomes include: low reflex rates, low birth weight, higher likelihood of bronchitis and psychological disorders such as a loss of touch with reality and distancing oneself from family and friends. Watch a CTV interview about this topic here.   

  2. The public is more likely to view drug addiction negatively than other mental health issues

    A study conducted by John Hopkins has found that drug addiction is viewed more negatively than other mental health issues. This is problematic because without higher levels of support for people who use drugs (PWUDs), PWUDs may not seek the help they need for a condition that may be treatable.

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    World AIDS Day

    December 1st is World AIDS Day. It also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada; a time for reflection on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we must still achieve.

    World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus.

    – for more information visit CATIE

  4. Overdose more likely to happen around day government assistance cheques are issued

    The International Journal of Drug Policy has recently published an article illustrating how overdose events may be more likely to occur around the day government assistance cheques are issued. Findings may be applicable across Canada, and thus, NSPs may want to talk to their clients about their drug use around the time government assistance cheques are issued.

  5. Learn How to Use OHRDP’s New Best Practices Filter!

    OHRDP distributes a sterile cotton pellet filter in a blister pack of five. These cotton filters: meet best practice recommendations, have a pore width of 0.22µm (so they hold less of the drug), are sterile, and save staff and volunteers time because they no longer need to package filters in baggies like they did with the old filters. Service users may be familiar with this new product because they are the same filter that comes in the Stericup cooker. However, for service users who may be new to this product, OHRDP created this step-by-step guide on how to use the new filter product.

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    2014 OHRDP Environmental Scan

    OHRDP conducted their second environmental scan to examine the 36 core Needle Syringe Programs (NSPs) capacity to implement harm reduction programming, identify successes and challenges, and provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange between core NSPs and OHRDP.

    For a summary of the results of this environmental scan, email:

  7. Treatment staff characteristics are a predictor of positive methadone treatment outcomes

    Studies have found that methadone treatment outcomes are related to the characteristics of clinicians and staff. More frequent counselling and more experienced clinicians are link to positive outcomes such as duration of time patients are in methadone programs and reduction of street-drug use. For more CLICK HERE

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    Principles of Harm Reduction: Back to Basics

    Most of you reading this are experts in harm reduction, but sometimes it’s nice to remind ourselves of some of the core principles of harm reduction.

    The Harm Reduction Coalition has a simple and concise webpage summarizing:

    Key Principles Central to Harm Reduction Practice

    This is also a great resource to share with staff and students who may be new to harm reduction.

  9. Canadian Music Festivals and Overdose Incidents

    This summer there were concerns around the number of overdose incidents at music festivals across Canada. Therefore, the Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU) created this bulletin to brief audiences about these events and provide an opportunity for organization across disciplines to collaborate and help prevent further overdose events among festival attendees.

  10. There is no health without mental health – interested in learning more?

    The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health is focusing its efforts on a population mental health strategy because ‘there can be no health without mental health’. Various resources have been developed for this project including: a presentation on defining a population mental health framework for public health, a scan of mental health strategies across Canada, and currently there is a survey for public health practitioners’ to complete to assess resources needed in this area of health.