Upcoming Cannabis Education Roundtables

Upcoming Cannabis Education Roundtables

CSSDP is looking for chapters and volunteers to host a 2 hour Youth Roundtable to workshop our Cannabis Education Toolkit in December and early January.   Roundtable Facilitation Training CSSDP is working with the Youth Wellness Network to develop: a facilitation...
CCSA Hosts 7th Harm Reduction Conference

CCSA Hosts 7th Harm Reduction Conference

One of the largest harm reduction conferences is being held, recently. It was in Calgary, Alberta. This is the seventh conference devoted to issues and concerns around substance use and addiction. It is being hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA).

Fentanyl Positive Sample Tests Increase 2,000%

Fentanyl Positive Sample Tests Increase 2,000%

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen There has been a surprising increase in the number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of heroin, which have been seized by the law enforcement agencies throughout the country. It was less than 1% in...
Abuse of Opioids Does Not Discriminate

Abuse of Opioids Does Not Discriminate

Image Credit: Flickr. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jesse Stein from The Link wrote about the hard lessons from overdoses (Stein, 2017). Amélie Goyette, who has worked at CACTUS for 13 years (a harm reduction service), described the learned lesson. The lesson that...
New Device to be Piloted in British Columbia

New Device to be Piloted in British Columbia

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen In the midst of the opioid crisis in British Columbia, and arguably across Canada, Vancouver is testing a first-of-its-kind drug examination device. The drug testing device may help in the reduction of opioid...
Red Zones Block Harm Reduction Service Access

Red Zones Block Harm Reduction Service Access

Image Credit: Pexels. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Henry Tran, a Contributor to Simon Fraser University’s The Peak, reported that a new study found the bail conditions on alleged offenders including substance users can prevent overall access in Downtown Eastside...
The Public Have Concerns About Discarded Needles

The Public Have Concerns About Discarded Needles

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Harm reduction continues to grow throughout Canada. With this, there is the provision of Naloxone kits, harm reduction trailers and sites, as well as clean needles for injection drug users. But there have been...
Harm Reduction Trailer Approved for Murray Street

Harm Reduction Trailer Approved for Murray Street

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Health Canada approved the supervised injection site in Ottawa, recently. CBC News reported that the trailer was approved for the Shepherd’s of Hope in Byward Market (Trinh, 2017). This nearly another...
Harm Reduction Tent No Longer Usable in Moss Park

Harm Reduction Tent No Longer Usable in Moss Park

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen A, technically, illegal overdose prevention site in the Moss Park of Toronto halted use of a its heated medical tent (Giovannetti, 2017). The heated medical tent was provided by the provincial government, or...
Overdoses in Abbotsford

Overdoses in Abbotsford

Canadian citizens have been losing family members, friends, colleagues, and fellow Canadians to the ongoing opioid crisis (CBC Radio, 2017).

Ottawa Vending Machines, Success Plus Concern

Ottawa Vending Machines, Success Plus Concern

Image Credit: Wikipedia. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Ottawa’s program for harm reduction, which is a pilot, for needle and pipe vending machines as well as safe injection sites has been a success while make one resident feel unsafe in the neighbourhood now. There...
Toronto Board of Health Considering New Measures

Toronto Board of Health Considering New Measures

The Toronto Board of Health is considering a set of measures in order to push back against the crisis of overdoses. There was a plea from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for immediate declaration of a health emergency in the public.

Ottawa’s Move for Harm Reduction via Vending Machines

Ottawa’s Move for Harm Reduction via Vending Machines

It has been reported that Ottawa has installed new machines. The vending machines are for needles and crack pipes. These are sterile devices for use to reduce the probability of non-sterile ones being used. This is intended to reduce the number of infections related...
With or without the blessing

With or without the blessing

Toronto opened the 1st pop-up safe injection site. The city of Toronto has not ‘blessed’ the project. However, activists for the site are excited about it, and “hope authorities won’t shut them down” (Nasser, 2017). For one of the underserved sectors of the Toronto...
Vancouver Island Opening Consumption Site

Vancouver Island Opening Consumption Site

It has been reported by CTV Vancouver Island that there is an exemption granted to the Vancouver Island Health Authority for the operation of Victoria’s first supervised consumption site.   The site will open on 941 Pandora Ave. It has been named the Pandora...
Drug Checking Workshop

Drug Checking Workshop

Canada is currently facing one of the largest drug adulteration epidemics in the country’s history, mainly via street level trafficking of drugs. Drug dealers and suppliers are cutting their drugs with myriads of random chemicals and powders that look similar to the...