Sector News

  1. The Power of Language

    The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (

    hosts a ‘Let’s talk’ series and recently released an issue entitled:

    Populations and the Power of Language.

    This short read describes how language influences attitudes, summarizes the pros and cons of common words service providers use to describe populations we work with, and provides service providers an opportunity to reflect on the language used in their work place setting.

  2. Why we need to break up with the word ‘addict’

    “When we do feel the need to reference a state of disability, challenge or disease when describing a human being, we say something like, ‘my mother has cancer’ or ‘my nephew has leukemia.’ And we would almost certainly never let that be the only thing said about that person, something that defined them. We do not say or suggest that a person is their challenge. We remember that they are a person first, then if appropriate indicate their challenge as one factor of their existence.” – Meghan Ralston

    Remember to treat people living with an addiction with respect and dignity. Let’s break up with the word ‘addict’. Please take the time to read this piece developed by the Drug Policy Alliance: Click Here

  3. 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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