• A Message From Our Team
  • Top 10 Resources
  • Top 10 Research Papers
  • Top 3 Evaluations
  • Top 5 Highlights
  • Top 10 Webinars
  • In Remembrance
As 2022 nears its close, we send our sincere thanks to each and every one of our members. We are proud to share that 1,112 people are now members of the NSS-CoP. This growing membership includes a dynamic and interdisciplinary group of people from right across the country – physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, people who use(d) drugs, harm reduction workers, pharmacists, researchers, program coordinators, policy analysts, and activists! 

This community of practice would not exist without your hard work and dedication to your communities! We are honored to be a part of strengthening the capacity of prescribed safer supply programs as well as supporting non-medical and compassion club models. 

We offer our special thanks to our advisory council and working group members who remain so engaged in the work we are doing! Your guidance, input, and feedback are deeply appreciated and helps us in improving our work. We are particularly excited and proud of our four new resources published in 2022, including our Safer Supply and Reframing Diversion FAQs for Health Care Providers, our ever-evolving evidence brief Prescribed Safer Supply Programs: Emerging Evidence, and the Safer Supply, Opioid Agonist Treatment & Harm Reduction: National Advocacy Toolkit.  

This year between January and March 2022 alone, 1,883 people died from toxic drug poisoning in Canada. This amounts to approximately 21 deaths per day. Estimates tell us that these numbers are only increasing and that 2022 may be the deadliest year yet. This is terrifying and enraging, and also makes the work we do even more necessary, meaningful, and urgent.

Like most organizations and programs we work with, we share in your uncertainties when it comes to funding renewals and resources. We sincerely hope that 2023 will bring with it promising news about funding as well as other commitments from our governments to address the drug poisoning crisis, including the essential policy changes needed, such as decriminalization and the regulation of the drug supply.

We remain committed to working with you.  

Warm wishes, 

Rebecca, Fola, Robyn, and Alexandra 
National Safer Supply Community of Practice Team 

  1. Safer Supply for Health Care Providers FAQ
  2. Safer Supply, Opioid Agonist Treatment & Harm Reduction: National Advocacy Toolkit
  3. Prescribed Safer Supply Programs: Emerging Evidence
  4. Reframing Diversion for Health Care Providers FAQ
  5. NSS-CoP Prescriber Consultation Hotline
  6. Safer Supply Resource Library
  7. CATIE: Harm Reduction Fundamentals: A Toolkit for Service Providers
  8. British Columbia Centre on Substance Use: Canadian National Safer Supply Environmental Scan
  9. UVic Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research: Safer Bathroom Toolkit
  10. L’Équipe de soutien clinique et organisationnel en dépendance et itinérance: Knowing How to Recognize and Respond to a Severe Intoxication or Overdose Related to Psychoactive Substance Use or Alcohol Withdrawal
  1. Gomes, T., et al. (2022). Clinical outcomes and health care costs among people entering a safer opioid supply program in Ontario | Canadian Medical Association Journal
  2. Ferguson, M., et al. (2022). Investigating opioid preference to inform safe supply services: A cross sectional studyInternational Journal of Drug Policy
  3. Brothers, T., et al. (2022). Evaluation of an emergency safe supply drugs and managed alcohol program in COVID-19 isolation hotel shelters for people experiencing homelessness | Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  4. Young, S., et al. (2022). Characterizing safer supply prescribing of immediate release hydromorphone for individuals with opioid use disorder across Ontario, Canada | International Journal of Drug Policy
  5. Lew, B., et al. (2022). The impact of an integrated safer use space and safer supply program on non-fatal overdose among emergency shelter residents during a COVID-19 outbreak: a case study | Harm Reduction Journal
  6. Selfridge, M., et al. (2022). Factors associated with 60-day adherence to “safer supply” opioids prescribed under British Columbia's interim clinical guidance for health care providers to support people who use drugs during COVID-19 and the ongoing overdose emergency | International Journal of Drug Policy
  7. Glegg, S., et al. (2022). “COVID just kind of opened a can of whoop-ass”: The rapid growth of safer supply prescribing during the pandemic documented through an environmental scan of addiction and harm reduction services in Canada | International Journal of Drug Policy
  8. Haines, M., & O'Byrne, P. (2022). Nurse-led safer opioid supply and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: a novel pilot projectTherapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
  9. Pauly, B., et al. (2022). A concept mapping study of service user design of safer supply as an alternative to the illicit drug marketInternational Journal of Drug Policy
  10. Foreman-Mackey A., et al. (2022). Moving towards a continuum of safer supply options for people who use drugs: A qualitative study exploring national perspectives on safer supply among professional stakeholders in Canada | Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
  1. Kolla, G., et al. (2022). Safer Opioid Supply Program: Summary ReportLondon: London InterCommunity Health Center

  2. McMurchy, D., & Palmer, R. W. H. (2022). Assessment of the Implementation of Safer Supply Pilot Projects
  3. Haines, M., Tefoglou, A., & O'Byrne, P. (2022). Safer Supply Ottawa Evaluation - Fall 2022 Report
  1. Scaling Up Safer Supply: Ontario Regional Meeting
  2. Opening Doors to Care for People Who Use Drugs: Atlantic Regional Meeting
  3. #NoShameNovember: Action for Safer Supply Anti-Shame Campaign
  4. Being A Shit Disturber Is An Act of Love: Manitoba Harm Reduction Conference 2022
  5. 10th International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users Conference 2022
  1. London InterCommunity Health Centre's SOS Program Evaluation Report
  2. Pharmacist Roundtable on Safer Supply
  3. Safer Supply in Quebec
  4. Integrating Hepatitis C Care with Safer Supply Practice
  5. Problems with Medicalized Safer Supply
  6. Mobile Safer Supply Programs: Meeting People Where They Are At
  7. Urine Drug Screenings: Science and Implications on the Lives of People Who Use Drugs 
  8. Building Capacity Among Prescribed Safe(r) Supply Providers
  9. Wound Care Workshop for Non-Clinicians
  10. Perspectives on Decriminalization
This year, we lost two passionately engaged community of practice members – Randy Roberts and Alexandra de Kiewit. Both were active members of Action for Safer Supply, a NSS-CoP working group composed exclusively of people who use drugs. Alexandra and Randy are deeply beloved and sorely missed. Their work in harm reduction, drug policy, and drug user activism was and will continue to be essential in our struggle moving forward. We continue our shared and collective work in honour and memory of their work, passion, and commitment.
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