Opioid abuse and overdose is currently one of the most significant threats to public health. The current opioid epidemic has affected the lives of countless individuals and families. Between January and June in 2018, there were 2,066 opioid-related deaths. Harm reduction strategies are central to combatting the current opioid epidemic.
Harm reduction strategies play a critical role in reducing the negative health impacts associated with opioid misuse and overdose. Federal, provincial and municipal governments have adopted harm reduction strategies to combat the opioid crisis, including expanding access to supervised consumption sites, overdose prevention sites, needle exchange programs and naloxone (an antidote for opioid overdoses).
Impact of a medically supervised safer injecting facility on drug dealing and other drug-related crime
(Wood et al. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2006)
Strategies for reducing opioid-Overdose deaths — Lessons from Canada
(Wood. New England Journal of Medicine. 2018)
Autour d’Insite : un événement discursif
(Gagnon. Drogues, santé et société. 2009)