Sector News

  1. Endocarditis Informational Poster

    Counterpoint Regional HIV/AIDS Connection is the Needle Syringe Program (NSP) in London, Ontario. The service providers of this NSP were concerned about the number of clients recently hospitalized with endocarditis, so their team created an informational poster. This poster highlights the symptoms of endocarditis and it also warns clients to seek medical attention if they are experiencing these symptoms. Counterpoint is happy to share this resource with other NSPs. Please feel free to use and pass along!


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    World Hepatitis Day – July 28th

    Did you know that World Hepatitis Day is July 28th? There are different types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D, and E) and together hepatitis kills about 1.5 million people every year. World Hepatitis Day is a day to learn a little more about hepatitis, decrease stigma towards people living with hepatitis, and advocate for better treatment and care. To get involved you may want to attend a learning session hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada on June 26th or visit the World Hepatitis Alliance webpage.

  3. Housing First Approach Works!

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada, with funding from Health Canada, has been conducting a Housing First project since 2008 in five Canadian cities: Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Moncton. The results from the Montreal project site were released recently and this was what was found: Housing First is feasible in Montreal, Housing First is effective, and people in the Housing First project had lower costs associated with other services. To learn more about this project check out: THIS ARTICLE

    Don’t know what the Housing First approach is? Here is a synopsis: Housing First provides subsidized housing to people experiencing homelessness and mental illness immediately without needing the individual to demonstrate a pre-defined level of ‘good’ behavior which is traditional in most subsidized housing models. This means more people have access to housing which increases the stability in their life and their ability to meet other health and social needs.

  4. ***ALERT*** Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Warns About Recent Potential Opioid Overdose Clusters

    CCSA has reported at least two clusters of overdoses that may be linked to fentanyl.

    There was a news report today (June 5, 2014) about another suspected cluster in Gatineau

    June 5, 2014 – Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal

    June 4, 2014 – BC Coroners Service warns of deaths related to illicit fentanyl use

    In light of these advisories it is worth sharing the following information:

    CCSA has a few tips when advising substance using populations about the dangers of illicit fentanyl:

    Avoid terms that might, indirectly, attract users, such as “potent,” “strong” or “more powerful.” Such terms could inadvertently result in an increase in people seeking the drug. Alternatives are “more toxic,” “lethal,” “deadly” and “more concentrated” — terms that imply harm.

    Include specific calls to action: calling 911, if an overdose is suspected; if using, not using alone, and using slowly.

    Consider mentioning some of the signs and symptoms of an overdose, so people know what to look out for. Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program has a poster designed to clearly communicate these Signs & Symptoms

    CCENDU Alerts

    Illicit Fentanyl     Counterfeit Oxycodone Tablets Containing Fentanyl     CCSA-CCENDU