Sector News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Need to have ‘the talk’ about alcohol and drugs with your youth?

    It’s not easy to talk to young people about alcohol and drugs, but this article in summarized a few key tips in a quick and easy way. A few things the article suggested included:

    • Establish and develop a strong rapport with your child in their early years
    • Listen to your child, ask their opinion, and let them problem-solve without parents imposing solutions first
    • Address drinking early and often
    • If you really want to discuss something important, set a time and place so your child feels ready and comfortable to have the discussion
    • For more information visit:   
  4. 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!


  5. 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.

  6. Understanding Human Sexuality

    Gender and sexual identity is complex. Understanding how it all works can help ensure Needle Syringe Programs provide care in a way that is safe and comfortable for all. For someone just learning about the various spectrums of human sexuality, the topic can be overwhelming. Not to fear! Here to lay out introductions to everything from gender to the difference between sexual behavior and sexual orientation is vlogger Hank Green! Check out his video to get a little closer to understanding and appreciating human complexity.

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  7. Safer Injection Pamphlet – NOW AVAILABLE!

    The OHRDP launched a new Safer Injection Pamphlet at the 2014 Harm Reduction Conference. Thank you to everyone from across the province of Ontario who provided feedback and input on this new resources! Hard copies can be ordered from at no cost. We would like to extend a special thank you to Vancouver Coastal Health for sharing their original work with us.

    View Pamphlet Here

  8. What are Best Practices for Harm Reduction in Canada?

    A resource was developed in 2013 by a group of service providers, service users, and researchers from across Canada to provide a quick overview of best practices and program policies for harm reduction services. These best practice recommendations will help reduce HIV, HCV, and numerous other harms, such as abscesses and vein problems, among people who use drugs. For a quick overview of what this Best Practice Recommendation Resource is about and what it has to offer:

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    CATIE Webinar: New Recommendations for Delivery of Harm Reduction Programming in Canada

    A new best practice recommendations document is now available for harm reduction programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms. This document was created to help Canadian programs keep pace with the most up to date scientific evidence related to harm reduction.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

    Presented by Carol Strike, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.


    The goal of this webinar is to help service providers familiarize themselves with the recommendations and supporting evidence.

    The recommendations address the following topics:

    •             needle and syringe distribution;

    •             other injection equipment distribution;

    •             safer crack cocaine smoking equipment distribution;

    •             disposal and handling of used drug use equipment;

    •             safer drug use education; and

    •             education and naloxone distribution in opioid overdose prevention

    This webinar is for service providers, community members and policy makers who would like to become familiar with the newest best practice recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs that serve people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms.

  10. Opioid Overdose Risk Factors

    To help promote Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, the OHRDP has developed a new resource outlining in detail the many risk factors for opioid overdose and how to reduce those risks. This 18 minute video is geared toward health care and service providers working in a harm reduction capacity.

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