Stimulus co-hosts, partners and staff continue to follow coronavirus developments by provincial, national and international health experts. Through our work, we have a strong connection with Health Canada and we continue to follow their and Global Affairs advice.
Stimulus acknowledges that another public health crisis continues to unfold in Canada. People continue to die at alarming rates from accidental poisoning from a toxic illegal drug market and the work to protect the health and safety of those who use drugs must continue. We laud the current efforts by governments to stem the tide of COVID19 cases and wish a similar level of response was taking place to save the lives of people at risk of overdose death in Canada.
Stimulus 2020 was scheduled to be a two-and-a-half day event held September 30-October 2 in beautiful Gatineau Quebec. We expected to welcome 1,000 people whose expertise included substance use experts, nurses, social workers, physicians, corrections staff, frontline workers, people involved in sex work, researchers, and other key stakeholders from across Canada. The event was to be the largest harm reduction and drug policy gathering in Canada.
Stimulus: Drugs, Policy and Practice in Canada’s work has changed. Like many others across Canada, we responded to Covid 19 as best we could within this ever changing context. The first piece of work the Stimulus coordinator engaged in was working within the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition team to launch and manage COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources. This webpage has grown to be a useful tool for Canadian harm reduction and drug policy stakeholders as they respond to both public health crises.
Stimulus 2020, the in person conference is not happening this autumn. A virtual Stimulus 2020 conference is a possibility and we are in early discussion about if and how it could happen. We have hopes to see you in person in spring 2021 but because Canada has done so well with physical distancing and drawing Covid-19’s impact out we are waiting and seeing. We have made a lot of new relationships and partnerships in Gatineau and area and we want to have our next in person conference there.
Through the work of the Stimulus National Implementation and Planning (SNIP) Committee we have pivoted our work to include 2 new programming pieces. Harm Reduction Happy Hour and Stimulus Connect, please check them out.
You can watch highlights from Stimulus 2018 here. You can contact us through this website or social media channels if you have any questions.