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    World AIDS Day 2015

    In 2014, Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 75,500 Canadians were HIV positive of which 19 per cent were injection drug users. It was also estimated, that same year, that 16,020 people living with HIV remained undiagnosed. It is only through building awareness and expanding access to testing that we can help diagnose people living with HIV, start treatment and prevent further transmission.

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    National Addictions Awareness Week: Nov. 15 – 21

    November 15th to 21st is National Addictions Awareness Week. To honor this event, we’d like to share this short video:

    Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong

    In collaboration with Johann Hari, author of Chasing The Scream, and drawing from ground breaking research by psychologist Bruce Alexander, this video demystifies many of the old beliefs about addiction and introduces recent evidence in a very digestible way that shows us a new perspective: The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s human connection.

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    Full Best Practice Recommendations Part 2 – now online!

    Thanks, and congratulations to all who assisted with this project. The full Best Practice Recommendations Part 2 is now out! Many thanks again to CATIE for hosting all materials on their website.

    Here is the Link to Part 2 material. You can also visit the main CATIE Best Practices page and select ‘Part 2’ near the top to go to this material.

  4. CATIE Webinar – Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs – part 2

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – 1:00pm ET

    Featuring: Carol Strike, PhD, Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    This webinar will introduce recommendations included in Part 2 of the Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs. Developed by service providers, service users and researchers from across Canada, the second installment of the recommendations focuses on service models, referrals to services and emerging areas of practice.

    The webinar will include practical recommendations for service providers on:

    • service model design
    • equipment distribution for piercing, tattooing, steroid/hormone injection and smoking crystal methamphetamine
    • referrals for testing, vaccination, treatment, housing, mental health and addiction services
    • relationships with law enforcement


    Please note that this webinar will be presented in English. A French version of this webinar will be presented at a later date. Subscribe to CATIE’s webinar e-mail list to stay informed:

  5. What is Fentanyl?

    • Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic, a prescription drug used primarily for cancer patients in severe pain. It is roughly 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine
    • Heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, and other drugs can be cut with fentanyl, in powder, liquid or pill form. It often comes in similar packaging
    • You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, you can’t taste it, but if your drug of choice is cut with fentanyl, it can kill you
    • If you are a new drug user, you are particularly at risk should you use drugs cut with fentanyl

    Fentanyl-related overdoses are on the rise.

    If you’re going to use drugs, be DRUG SMART.



    • Severe sleepiness
    • Slow heartbeat
    • Trouble breathing
    • Slow, shallow breathing or snoring
    • Cold, clammy skin
    • Trouble walking or talking



  6. August 31 marks International Overdose Awareness Day

    This is a day aimed at raising  awareness of overdose and reducing the stigma of a drug-related death.  It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

    The following this link,  provides  resources for you to download and use.

    It is estimated that globally there were 183,000 (range: 95,000-226,000) drug-related deaths (mostly overdoses) in 2012, with opioid overdose the largest category.
    Source: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2014 World Drug Report.

    In Ontario, there was a 242% increase in fatal opioid overdoses between 1991 and 2010.  Source: The burden of premature opioid-related mortality, Gomes et al.

    Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.

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    World Hepatitis Day

    Today, about 500 million people worldwide – one in 12 – are living with chronic viral hepatitis B or hepatitis C. In Canada, an estimated 600,000 people have viral hepatitis, with many unaware of their status.  World Hepatitis Day, July 28th  is an international event focused on raising awareness about viral hepatitis and influencing real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

  8. International Harm Reduction Day – May 7, 2015

    May 7th, 2015  is International Harm Reduction Day .

    To learn more about how you can get involved, CLICK HERE.