The National Safer Supply Community of Practice (NSS-CoP) aims to facilitate knowledge exchange, skill-sharing, and capacity building to scale up Safer Supply and support Safer Supply programs and prescribers across Canada.
This knowledge exchange initiative is led by London InterCommunity Health Centre (LIHC) in partnership with the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD) and the Alliance for Healthier Communities. LIHC, CAPUD and the Alliance have joined forces to provide the best services possible through this collaborative approach.
The work of the NSS-CoP is grounded in a harm reduction, anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks, and anchored on core values of dignity, inclusion, community, social justice, courage, persistence, and hope.
Recordings of our webinars are available and there is a list of upcoming events (usually, anyone can register).
Members receive our monthly newsletter, with resources, events, and other news of interest.
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for up-to-the-minute news from us and from others involved in the Safer Supply community.
Connecting, collaborating, and convening
Learning from each other
This is not a teaching space, but rather a space where healthcare and social service providers and people with living and lived experience exchange information, including clinical experiences, program and operational experiences, and client experiences.
We hold weekly drop-in calls where members can ask and answer questions, share information about safer supply practices, and discuss current issues.
Our working groups address practical and policy issues such as diversion and interdisciplinary teams.
We’ll have affinity groups for:
- Topics of mutual interest, such as safer supply in rural/remote areas, supervised consumption sites, hospitals, and/or carceral settings
- People in similar roles, such as people who use(d) drugs, prescribers, and pharmacists
Our member’s section has private forums for discussions among members (for example, an area for prescribers only).
Interested in connecting with others in some way we haven’t covered here? Drop us a line in either English or French at info [at] nss-aps.ca or through our Contact form.
New prescribers can connect with more experienced providers for support and to learn from clinical experiences.
Members who are prescribers can register for our National Safer Supply Prescriber Consultation Line.
To access the consultation line, there are two steps:
- Register as a member of the NSS-CoP through our website.
- Register for access to the consultation line by emailing rebecca [at] lihc.on.ca (subject: Prescriber%20hotline%20inquiry) . We will send you the registration and agreement form to fill out.
Curating and creating
We are building a searchable safer supply resource and literature collection. The Community of Practice is also developing our own knowledge exchange resources.
Keep in touch
Interested? Questions? Ideas? You can reach us in both English and French at info [at] nss-aps.ca or through our Contact form.