Sector News

  1. New Opioid Overdose Prevention and Risk Factor Booklet!

    Death from drug-related overdose is a leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. We can help reduce the number of overdoses in the province by understanding the risk factors that may lead to overdose and knowing some prevention tips. With Overdose Awareness Day around the corner on August 31st, OHRDP’s is launching a new Overdose Prevention and Risk Factor Booklet to help reduce overdose in Ontario. If you work with a core NSP and would like to receive hard copies of this resource please e-mail        

  2. New Tool for People with HCV or HIV Who Inject Drugs

    CATIE has developed a pocket-size booklet for people living with HCV or HIV who inject drugs. This booklet has tips and resources to keep individuals, and others around them, as healthy as possible. The booklet includes information on: how HCV and HIV can be passed to others, taking your medication, taking care when injecting drugs, and much more! To order this resource for clients of your needle syringe program check out the CATIE website HERE.

  3. Call-to-Action: Collaboration of Addiction and Mental Health Services

    The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada want to encourage the collaboration of addiction, mental health, and primary care services. This is important in order to improve the delivery of services and health outcomes of those living with substance use issues. To read more about the benefits of this collaboration and where to go from here, check out this report developed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

  4. Harm Reduction Tips and Resources for People Using MDMA

    On June 21st, a 24-year old passed away from an MDMA-related overdose at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas (link). From June 29th – July 1st, there were two incident involving young adults who used a bad batch of MDMA at rave events held in Ottawa (link). It’s a tragedy to lose these young people.
    This reminds us that more harm reduction work is needed around the use of MDMA. Some key messages to share include:
    Before you use

    • Always use with buddy (who won’t be tripping)
    • Know your dealer
    • Go slow because you can never be sure of what’s in your drugs
    • Use in a safe place
    • Plan what you’ll do in an emergency situation

    In an over-amped / overdose situation

    • Move the person to a quiet and calm location
    • Have the person drink some water
    • If the person is unresponsive, or if at any point you feel uncomfortable with the situation, call 9-1-1. An overdose situation is a medical emergency that needs to be treated by medical professionals.
    To learn more about MDMA and harm reduction tips, you may want to check out the following links: DanseSafe, TRIP Project Toronto, and BC’s Ecstasy Alert.