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  • Happy Holidays

    December 23rd, 2013

    Thank you to all our community partners for sharing with us many moments of joy, frustration, wonder and hope in 2013. Your collaboration and hard work has helped us achieve many successes this past year, and together we’ve taken incremental steps toward building healthier communities in BC.

    Happy Holidays 

    We really appreciate your ongoing support and commitment to harm reduction, and look forward to more roller coaster rides in 2014.

     Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday and fabulous new year!

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  • World AIDS Day

    November 29th, 2013

    People who use drugs are at greater risk for contracting HIV. This is mainly through using shared drug paraphernalia, including needles, syringes and crack pipes, and having unprotected sex. To reduce the risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, the Canadian AIDS Society promotes the implementation of harm reduction strategies and programs. These provide a continuum of care, and complement efforts in prevention, education, treatment and enforcement.

    Harm reduction recognizes that people who use drugs are not always able to abstain from using and provides a safe alternative.  BC offers a variety of safer sex, safer injection and safer inhalation supplies (see supply catalogue). This follows the new pan-Canadian best practice recommendations document  for harm reduction programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms.

    December 1 is World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Let us take a moment to renew our commitment to "Getting to Zero" by continuing harm reduction and treatment efforts.

    A list of AIDS Awareness events in BC can be found at SmartSexResource.com

    For more information on HIV, check out hiv101.ca.

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  • Webinar: New recommendations for the delivery of harm reduction programming in Canada

    November 7th, 2013

    A new best practice recommendations document is now available for harm reduction programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms. This document was created to help Canadian programs keep pace with the most up to date scientific evidence related to harm reduction.

    This webinar is for service providers, community members and policy makers who would like to become familiar with the newest best practice recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs that serve people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms.

    Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:00am PST (1:00 pm EST)

    Presenter:  Carol Strike, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    Topics covered: needle and syringe distribution; other injection equipment distribution; safer crack cocaine smoking equipment distribution; disposal and handling of used drug use equipment; safer drug use education; and education and naloxone distribution in opioid overdose prevention.

    > > > Space is limited, so register here today! < < <

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  • BC THN Program: A Way Back From Darkness

    August 28th, 2013

    Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. The BC Centre for Disease Control launched the BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) pilot program in August 2012 to provide overdose prevention and response training to people at risk and their friends and family. Only those who use opioids and complete the training are prescribed and dispensed a THN kit from a participating site. The kit contains the tools necessary to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose, giving people immediate access to a potentially life-saving treatment.

    With the support of our community partners, we have much reason to celebrate at the one year mark. As of August 15, 2013, the BC THN program has:

    • Reversed 35 unintentional opioid overdoses
    • Distributed over 400 naloxone kits to people who use opioids from 24 sites in 4 health authorities
    • Trained an additional 150 service providers and friends and family members of people who use opioids in OD prevention and response in BC.

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  • Take Home Naloxone Program: Nine Month Review

    May 17th, 2013

    Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. As of August 2012, the BC Centre for Disease Control launched the BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) pilot program to provide overdose prevention and response training to people at risk and their friends and family. Only those who use opioids and complete the training are prescribed and dispensed a THN kit from a participating site. The kit contains the tools necessary to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose giving people immediate access to a potentially life-saving treatment.

    In the first nine months of the program, this is what we have reported back:

    • There have been 14 known overdose reversals.
    • 995 THN kits have been sent to 18 sites in 3 health authorities.
    • 248 people have completed the training and received a kit.
    • More than 400 people have been trained in OD prevention and response in BC. This included people who use drugs, their friends and family, and service providers.

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