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On Monday, May 1st, we hosted the research spotlight webinar: Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre Safer Supply Program Evaluation Results. The session included an overview of the program, a summary of key evaluation findings, and context on how these findings align with current research and advocacy led by people who use drugs. A question and answer period followed the presentation. Click here for the webinar recording, as well as all the resources and links shared!

On Wednesday, May 17th, CATIE, in partnership with the NSS-CoP, hosted the webinar: Safer Supply: Current Perspectives and Evidence". The goal of this webinar was to build awareness and understanding of safer supply in Canada. Speakers provided an overview of what safer supply is, the growing body of research evidence that informs this approach, and examples of what safer supply looks like in practice. The webinar draws on research, clinical and lived experience, as well as advocacy and public health expertise from individuals with extensive experience in safer supply. A question and answer period followed the presentations and panel discussions. Click here for the webinar recording, as well as all the resources and links shared!

Weekly Member Drop-In Meetings:

Members are welcome to join our weekly meeting drop-in meetings. It is an interdisciplinary group with prescribers, pharmacists, harm reduction workers, policy folks, nurses, people who use drugs, etc. Right now, we are meeting on Thursdays at 12pm ET. Zoom Link

In addition to time for community updates and discussion, our meetings now include an informal presentation from a member or guest about the work that they are doing. You can sign up to present about the work you are doing by clicking here.

Themes that arose in the community discussion portion of our meetings in May included:
  • Heart vs. mind - best approach to changing hearts and minds in current political climate
  • Presentation from CATIE on communications and working with the media
  • Different types of arguments (Us-on-Us, Them-on-Us, Us-on-Them, Them-on-Them)
  • Media and current political climate
  • How to reframe conversations and concerns about diversion
Full meeting minutes can be found in the meeting notes and resources folder on our Google Drive.

Want to learn more about our different working groups? Come check out what we've been up to!


Are you a health care provider who is involved in prescribing safer supply, e.g., NPs, MDs, PAs, RNs? If you are interested in attending our next clinician meeting on prescribing safer supply on Wednesday, June 7th at 12pm PT | 3pm ET, please register here. Clinician meeting goals include: (1) Connecting safer supply clinicians; (2) Discussing case studies; (3) Asking questions; and, (4) Sharing clinical experiences. Register now!

Watch for us at the Alliance Conference in Richmond Hill June 7th & 8th! Join us in the Richmond A Room at 12:30pm ET on June 8th for Concurrent Session 6D, a session on the Ontario Model of Safer Supply, with our panellists Greg Nash (LIHC), Mish Waraksa (PQWCHC), and Franky Morris (Street Health). Our poster (pictured above) on Prescribed Safer Supply: Emerging Evidence will be on display for the duration of the conference.

The Registered Nurses Association (RNAO) in partnership with the Harm Reduction Nurses Association (HRNA), Community Health Nurses’ Interest Group (CHNIG), Mental Health Nurses Interest Group (MHNIG), Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH) and the National Safer Supply Community of Practice (NSS-CoP) invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 20th from 12 - 1pm ET for the webinar: The art and science of harm reduction and nursing practice. Guest speakers include Erin Telegdi (RN, Hon. BA, Hon. BScN) and Colin MacRae (Nurse-Therapist-Teacher). Register now!


Did you know we have a prescriber consultation service? This service offers a direct link between health care providers and experienced safer supply providers (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner). For better accessibility and continuity, registered consultation service members use an email address to connect with the consultant directly. If you want to register for the prescriber consultation service as a physician or nurse practitioner, please email us at

Emerging Evidence on Prescribed Safer Supply and Client Experiences: This evidence brief produced by the NSS-CoP summarizes existing and newly emerging evidence regarding prescribed safer supply. It covers who can access prescribed safer supply, evidence from research and evaluation studies, success factors for prescribed safer supply programs, and much more. Click here to read the full evidence brief!
Prescribed Safer Supply: Frequently Asked Questions: This FAQ produced by the NSS-CoP answers some of the most frequently asked questions about prescribed safer supply programs. In it, you will find key messages, plenty of evidence-based answers, supporting research, and places to find more information. Click here to read the full FAQ!
National Safer Supply Community of Practice Resource Library: Did you know we have a resource library with OVER 1,000 resources on safer supply? You can access it for FREE anytime. It features academic journal articles, grey literature, knowledge translation materials, clinical practice guidelines, and more!
Talking Back to the City: A Manual for Winning – and Resisting – Local Drug Policy: This is a brand-new drug policy report authored by Pivot Legal Society and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). It calls on local governments to cease practices that jeopardize drug users’ lives. The 60-page report combines legal information with a framework for grassroots organizing against the drug war. Drawing on decades of PIVOT and VANDU’s collective experience, the report aims to “educate local governments about the tools they have (or don’t have) [and] build strength and solidarity with our allies around Turtle Island.” Read the full report here!
Bardwell, G., et al. (2023). Safer opioid supply via a biometric dispensing machine: a qualitative study of barriers, facilitators and associated outcomes | Canadian Medical Association Journal 

  • 46 semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants who had been enrolled in the MySafe program for at least a month at 1 of 3 sites in Vancouver.
  • Characteristics that facilitated use of the program included accessibility and choice, a lack of consequences for missing doses, non-witnessed dosing, judgment-free services and an ability to accumulate doses. Barriers included technological issues with the dispensing machine, dosing challenges and prescriptions being tied to individual machines.
  • Participant-reported outcomes included reduced use of illicit drugs, decreased overdose risk, positive financial impacts and improvements in health and well-being. Participants perceived that the MySafe program reduced drug-related harms and promoted positive outcomes.
Mayer, S., et al. (2023). Women's experiences in injectable opioid agonist treatment programs in Vancouver, Canada | International Journal of Drug Policy 
Brothers, T. D., et al. (2023). Social and structural determinants of injection drug use-associated bacterial and fungal infections: a qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis | Addiction 
Kamal, A., et al. (2023). Smoking identified as preferred mode of opioid safe supply use; investigating correlates of smoking preference through a 2021 cross-sectional study in British Columbia | Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 
Adams, A., et al. (2023). Provider experiences with relaxing restrictions on take-home medications for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative systematic review | International Journal of Drug Policy 
Tricco, A. C., et al. (2023). Controlled-release hydromorphone and risk of infection in adults: a systematic review | Harm Reduction Journal 
Socias, M. E., et al. (2023). Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on enrollment in medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in Vancouver, Canada: an interrupted time series analysis | International Journal of Drug Policy 
Mocanu, V., et al. (2023). Opioid Agonist Therapy Switching Among Individuals With Prescription-type Opioid Use Disorder: Secondary Analysis of A Pragmatic Randomized Trial | Drug and Alcohol Dependence 
Butler, A., et al. (2023). Burden of opioid toxicity death in the fentanyl-dominant era for people who experience incarceration in Ontario, Canada, 2015–2020: a whole population retrospective cohort study | BMJ Open 
Degenhardt, L., et al. (2023). Buprenorphine versus methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised and observational studies | The Lancet 
Daowd, K., et al. (2023). Awareness, predictors and outcomes of drug alerts among people who access harm reduction services in British Columbia, Canada: findings from a 2021 cross-sectional survey | BMJ Open 
Miller, D., et al. (2023). Introducing the Harm Reduction Collaboration Framework for Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change | Health Education & Behavior 
O’Brien, D., et al. (2023). “Grasping at straws,” experiences of Canadian parents using involuntary stabilization for a youth's substance use | International Journal of Drug Policy 
Poulter, H. L., et al. (2023). More than just ‘free heroin’: Caring whilst navigating constraint in the delivery of diamorphine assisted treatment | International Journal of Drug Policy 
Barnett, M. L., et al. (2023). Racial Inequality in Receipt of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder | New England Journal of Medicine 
Shiv Gazi, Y., et al. (2023). Public Transport Access to Drug Treatment Before and During COVID-19: Implications for the Opioid Epidemic | International Journal of Drug Policy 
Harris, R. A., et al. (2023). Fatal Drug Overdose Among Middle-Aged Black Men: A Life Table Analysis | Addictive Behaviors 
Lowenstein, M., et al. (2023). Come Try It Out. Get Your Foot in the Door:” Exploring Patient Perspectives on Low-Barrier Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder | Drug and Alcohol Dependence 
Riley, F., et al. (2023). ‘This is hardcore’: a qualitative study exploring service users’ experiences of Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT) in Middlesbrough, England | Harm Reduction Journal 
Moore, K. E., et al. (2023). The role of substance use treatment in reducing stigma after release from incarceration: A qualitative analysis | Health & Justice  
Perlmutter, D., et al. (2023). “Another tool in the toolkit”—Perceptions, suggestions, and concerns of emergency service providers about the implementation of a supervised consumption site | International Journal of Drug Policy 
We encourage NSS-CoP members to email with submissions to include in our newsletter. Content examples include but are not limited to community-led projects, webinars and events, peer-reviewed articles, grey literature, and more!

Health Justice and Social Action Nursing - Harm Reduction Nurses Association (HRNA)Register now for this exciting panel organized by HRNA happening on Monday, June 5th from12-2pm ET. The panel discussion will feature: Birgit Umaigba, Marliss Taylor, Natania Abebe, and Meaghan Thumath. Register now!

HIV self-tests are here! Now what? In August 2022, the Government of Canada announced new funding to purchase and distribute HIV self-test kits across the country. The kits are being distributed to individuals and communities most affected by HIV through a combination of community-based organizations and mail orders placed online. CATIE and REACH Nexus - Community Link are collaborating to distribute HIV self-test kits to organizations that support the health of people who use substances. We, alongside many other groups, are working together to engage interested community-based organizations and services, and ensure that they receive kits, training, logistical support and information resources. How your organization can participate: Organizations that would like to learn more or sign up are encouraged to contact Ayibatonye Oriakhi at We can give you more information and ensure you have access to appropriate quantities, training and support, and receive information resources to distribute with your self-test kits. To learn more about HIV self-testing, visit the CATIE website.

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