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Notice of Community Consultations - Supervised Injection

The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre is seeking input from community members on a service model for supervised injection at their main location on 221 Nelson Street in Ottawa.

When: Mondays in April, 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: 221 Nelson Street.

The proposed service will complement the wide range of addictions and mental health services offered by the Centre and is intended to reduce the frequency of public injecting, overdose death and behaviours associated with the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.

Please contact consultation@sandyhillchc.on.ca to register for a consultation. No media please.

Via the Sandy Hill CHC Facebook page

PROUD study finds need for supervised injection services in Ottawa

The PROUD study is a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project that examines the HIV risk environment among people who use drugs in Ottawa. From March to October 2013, 593 people who reported using injection drugs or smoking crack cocaine were enrolled through street-based recruitment in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, an area of the city with a high concentration of public drug use and homelessness. Participants completed a demographic, behavioural, and risk environment questionnaire and were offered HIV point-of-care testing. The study undertook descriptive and univariate analyses to estimate potential use of an SIS by PWID in Ottawa and to explore risk behaviours and features of the risk environment faced by potential users of the service.

The PROUD study concluded that an SIS in Ottawa would be well-positioned to reach its target group of highly marginalized PWID and reduce drug-related harms. The application of CBPR methods to a large-scale quantitative survey supported the mobilization of communities of PWID to identify and advocate for their own service needs, creating an enabling environment for harm reduction action.

Read the full published study here.

Sept. 30th Supervised Injection Services Discussion

Sept 30 2015 event

September 30th, 2015 is the 4th year since the Supreme Court of Canada made the decision to keep Vancouver’s Insite open.

CSCS with many partner agencies will be hosting a community discussion with students, nurses, activists, researchers, and people who use drugs on the need for supervised consumption services in Ottawa. 

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 147B Fauteux Hall, University of Ottawa Campus (map)
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Refreshments provided as well as whisper translation in French.

Partner agencies:

ALT101 workshop event: safer consumption and harm reduction

ALT101 event

On September 15th from 6-9pm, CSCS will present a workshop on harm reduction and supervised drug consumption practices at 48 rue Frontenac in Hull as part of OPIRG-GRIPO's ALT101 week.

Harm reduction is an action that takes shape in many different ways. Safer drug consumption is not limited to the drug, but also includes harm reduction actions such as drinking water, using with a friend, creating stigma-free spaces. Ranging from institutional services to personal actions, during this workshop, we will discuss a variety of harm reduction services and practices that can be used for safer drug consumption. This includes, but is not limited to, supervised injection sites. By discussing the various ways that harm reduction is used, we will connect personal strategies with the broader need for a diversity of harm reduction services, and supervised injection sites in particular, in Ottawa. The workshop will be interactive so we can learn from each other about what harm reduction and safer drug consumption means.

This event will also include a workshop on Deconstructing Intoxication Culture: Community, Accessibility and Sober Spaces presented by From the Margins.

Ce sera un événement bilingue en français et anglais. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Fatal drug overdoses climb in Canada’s capital

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites and Drug Users Advocacy League will challenge Ottawa’s political leaders for their lack of action to prevent fatal drug overdoses. Community members will gather at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street on Aug. 31 from 11:30am-12:30pm to advocate for better overdose prevention and to challenge stigma.

When Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed Aug. 31 International Overdose Awareness Day in 2013, he recognized that Ottawa was losing one citizen every 11 days to drug overdose. This year the Mayor will be acknowledging a death every eight days in his city. The mayor has never attended International Overdose Awareness Day.

An estimated 45 people died from an overdose in Ottawa in 2014. At Insite, Canada’s first supervised injection site, not a single person has died on site from an overdose – and fatal overdoses in the vicinity of Insite have dropped by a third. Health-care professionals at SIS can intervene in overdoses immediately and encourage safer drug use outside of the facility.

Montreal and Toronto’s public health authorities are currently pursuing supervised injection services, while Ottawa Public Health has only recently recognized that they may be useful. Drug Users Advocacy League, an Ottawa collective of people who use drugs and their allies will be presenting consumer demands including SIS in Ottawa.

This year the Mayor’s proclamation states “We recognize the value of every human life and we honour those lost by discussing the harms associated with drug consumption, the risk of overdose and proven strategies to avoid preventable death and injury.” Hopefully Mayor Watson will live up to these words and recognize the significant evidence in support of SIS. If not, the Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa will continue to raise awareness and prompt further local action.

Overdose Awareness Day 2015

Overdose Awareness Day 2015

On Monday August 31st at 11:30am, the Ottawa community will gather at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street to mark International Overdose Awareness Day and commemorate those who have been affected by overdose. Get more information by liking Overdose Awareness Day Ottawa on Facebook.

OD Day is a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce 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 theme for 2015 is Rethink and Remember. Learn more here.

Prisoners Justice Day 2015

August 10, 2015 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 101
320 Jack Purcell Lane (off Elgin Street), Ottawa
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This will be an afternoon of solidarity with the criminalized and imprisoned.

From 2:00pm to 4:00pm:

  • Express your unity with prisoners and resistance to state repression
  • Access resources from community-based groups that work with criminalized persons
  • Participate in healing arts projects in a safe space

From 4:00pm-6:00pm:

  • March against deaths in custody and other human rights attrocities behind bars - starts outside Jack Purcell Community Centre;
  • Vigils at the office of Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and on Parliament Hill;
  • Ends at the Human Rights Monument

Events following Drug User Memorial in Ottawa

Earlier today we released a statement about an alleged event that took place following this past week's Drug User Memorial in Ottawa in which some attendees were detained by police. In an effort to ensure we are presenting a full account, we've taken down the statement until we can confirm all of the facts of the situation.

The case remains that routine police sweeps of people who use drugs in Ottawa are an affront to human dignity and represent ineffective and harmful drug policies.

World Hepatitis Day 2015

Come out to this year's World Hepatitis Day event in Ottawa.

When: Tues. July 28, 12-2pm
Where: Ottawa City Hall

There will be a free BBQ, prizes, activities, and lots of community health organizations - including CSCS Ottawa. We hope to see you there! 

Drug Users Memorial Day 2015

We invite you to remember those who have touched our lives.

Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00am - 2:00pm in Cathcart Park, 219 Cathcart St. Ottawa

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