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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

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

  5. 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