Work needed to increase drug users’ access to services, preliminary report findings suggest

More can be done to provide better access to prevention, harm reduction and treatment services for drug users and alcoholics, the city’s public health unit heard during a survey of community agencies and addicts.

Their feedback also suggests there’s work to be done to increase peer involvement, better integrate services with mental health and housing support, and expand work in schools. The feedback comes in an interim report on a “gap analysis” of programs and services that’s to go to the city’s board of health on Monday. A full report is expected later this year.

Breaking the Taboo

Join us on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7pm at the Arts Court Theatre, as we present Breaking the Taboo as part of OPIRG's Resistance on Reels Film Festival!

Breaking the Taboo - January 17

A documentary on the failed war on drugs across the globe, Breaking the Taboo sheds light on realities of the drug war industry from the first hand experiences ranging from former offenders to former presidents. This documentary is a call to action for our leaders to improve drug policies to include decriminalization, regulation, public health and education. What will it take to end the war on drugs?

Experts and advocates want supervised injection site for Ottawa

Researchers and harm reduction advocates are calling for supervised drug injection facilities for Ottawa.

The authors of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment (TOSCA) presented their findings during an event at the Ottawa Public Library’s main branch on Metcalfe Street on Thursday evening. The event was held in recognition of AIDS Awareness Week.

The TOSCA report, released on April 11 2012, recommended opening supervised drug injection sites in Ottawa, as well as Toronto.

Researchers call for safe injection sites

Researchers behind a four-year scientific study have recommended the establishment of two safe injection sites for Ottawa which they say would help drug users and reduce drug use in the capital.

Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi and Dr. Carol Strike presented the findings of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment on Thursday evening. The researchers participated in a panel discussion with representatives of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and the Drug Users Advocacy League, as part of Ottawa AIDS Awareness Week.

Should Ottawa have a space where drug users can inject in safety?

Rick Sproule from the Drug Users Advocacy League interviewed on CBC Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan about the call from researchers & members of the public for the creation of supervised drug consumption sites in Ottawa.

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Researchers call for supervised injection sites to prevent overdose deaths

CBC News Ottawa report on our event "Sharing the evidence: TOSCA and drug consumption sites in Ottawa".

Contains graphic images of drug injection.

The evidence is in

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our event this evening, to Dr. Bayoumi and Dr. Strike for presenting the TOSCA evidence in support of supervised consumption sites in Ottawa, and to Tarah and Rick for sharing their insights and stories.

We started the evening with this excellent video - take a look to see how Insite serves the health care needs of people who use drugs in Vancouver, and benefits the entire community.

Sharing the evidence: TOSCA and drug consumption sites in Ottawa

Does Ottawa need supervised drug consumption facilities?

This question was the focus of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment, a four-year scientific study conducted by researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, who concluded that such sites would improve the health among drug users in Ottawa and could also reduce public drug use and save money for the health system.

As part of Ottawa's AIDS Awareness Week, researchers from the TOSCA study will present their findings to the community on November 29 at 6pm at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Hosted by the Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa, the event will also feature speakers from Ottawa's Youth Services Bureau and the Drug Users Advocacy League (DUAL). A panel discussion will follow.

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Sharing the evidence: TOSCA and supervised drug consumption sites in Ottawa

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté makes a powerful case for harm reduction practices and the important role of supervised consumption sites as a health service for people who use drugs.

Dr. Maté is a physician at the Portland Hotel on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Check out his amazing book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - it will challenge everything you thought you knew about addiction.

Harm reduction continues to save lives

September 30th 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision stating that InSite, Vancouver’s supervised consumption site, could not be closed by the federal government. In their 2011 ruling, the Supreme Court noted "the experiment has proven successful. InSite has saved lives and improved health without increasing the incidence of drug use and crime in the surrounding area." A year later Ottawa community members are still calling for the city to implement supervised consumption sites as part of an effective strategy to address substance use issues facing the community.

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