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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.

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    A Guide on How to Pack Brass Screens in Crack Stems

    People who smoke crack cocaine often use steel wool (also known as Brillo®) to pack their stem. However, people have reported burning their lips and mouth when using the steel wool because hot pieces sometimes break off and are breathed in. There is also a chance of burning the tract to your lungs and stomach if the hot steel wool is breathed in.

    To help reduce the dangers associated with using steel wool, OHRDP provides programs with brass screens. It’s a bit of work at first to get use to the brass screens but OHRDP has developed this simple picture guide to make things a little easier. Click here to view.

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    The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols are now available

    The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. The OPHS and Protocols are for boards of health and are published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, pursuant to Section 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7.

    The Protocols that accompany the OPHS are program and topic specific documents which provide direction on how boards of health must operationalize specific requirement(s) identified within the OPHS.

    The review of the MHPSG and development of the OPHS mark a critical achievement in the overall strategy to renew public health within Ontario. As of January 1, 2009, the OPHS will replace the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines, 1997. The Safe Water Program of the OPHS will come into effect on December 1, 2008.

    To access the OPHS and Protocols please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website at The OPHS and all 26 Protocols may be printed in full from the website.

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    IGAS Information from CATIE

    CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) has developed a fact sheet on Invasive Group A Strep (GAS) in Ontario. This information sheet, found on the CATIE website under News: Bite-sized HIV/AIDS treatment news bulletins, discusses what GAS is and the various range of scenarios of illness caused by GAS; how it spreads, who is at risk and provides a brief update on the situation in Thunder Bay. Please click this link to find out more

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    Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Information for Transitional and Emergency Housing Facilities

    What is MRSA?

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA (pronounced by listing the initials or saying “mersa”) is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. S. aureus, often referred to simply as “staph,” are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Some S. aureus are resistant to certain types of antibiotics, such as methicillin. Thus this type of “staph” is referred to as Methicillin-resistant S. aureus. Click here to download PDF document.