Sector News

  1. The Power of Language

    The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (

    hosts a ‘Let’s talk’ series and recently released an issue entitled:

    Populations and the Power of Language.

    This short read describes how language influences attitudes, summarizes the pros and cons of common words service providers use to describe populations we work with, and provides service providers an opportunity to reflect on the language used in their work place setting.

  2. Quick Guide to identifying Bad Science

    Every day we are presented with new information and latest research on a variety of topics that affect our lives and the work we do. But how do we know when the information shared with us is based on good science? This infographic shared by Compound Interest provides a quick and dirty guide to help us spot bad science by examining these 12 categories:

    1. Sensationalized Headlines
    2. Misinterpreted Results
    3. Conflict of Interest
    4. Correlation and Causation
    5. Speculative Language
    6. Sample Size Too Small
    7. Unrepresentative Samples
    8. No Control Group Used
    9. No Blind Testing Used
    10. Cherry-picked Results
    11. Unreplicable Results
    12. Journals and Citations    

    Critically reviewing the information you receive using this guide is a good place to start in identifying how good the science is behind new research presented to you.

  3. Celebrating the 1st Annual International Harm Reduction Day

    Today, May 7 2014, marks the 1st Annual International Harm Reduction Day and OHRDP is excited to be celebrating this day with you. We want to thank everyone working in a harm reduction capacity for everything they do to keep individuals and communities as safe as possible from the effects associated with drug use. To summarize our feelings about harm reduction we want to share a quote from Amy Katz at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health that describes the work we do in harm reduction so well…

    “There is something, in my opinion, very beautiful about harm reduction. It’s an approach that looks at reality in all its complexity and says: okay. I see that life is not simple. I see you are doing things people who love you wish you wouldn’t. I see that you are an irreplaceable and precious human being. Let’s use evidence to figure out the best way to keep you, the people around you, and your community as safe as we possibly can.”

    Keep up the good work everyone.

  4. Why we need to break up with the word ‘addict’

    “When we do feel the need to reference a state of disability, challenge or disease when describing a human being, we say something like, ‘my mother has cancer’ or ‘my nephew has leukemia.’ And we would almost certainly never let that be the only thing said about that person, something that defined them. We do not say or suggest that a person is their challenge. We remember that they are a person first, then if appropriate indicate their challenge as one factor of their existence.” – Meghan Ralston

    Remember to treat people living with an addiction with respect and dignity. Let’s break up with the word ‘addict’. Please take the time to read this piece developed by the Drug Policy Alliance: Click Here