Call to Action

Harm Reduction at Stimulus 2018

Stimulus 2018 News


October 3-5, 2018
Shaw Conference Centre
9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB

Stimulus 2018: Drugs, Policy and Practice in Canada
is happening at a pivotal time for our country.

We are in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, impending legalization of cannabis, a sexually transmitted infection epidemic, and a wide range of drug policy challenges.

Our capacity and learning needs are ever expanding, and yet it has been more than 10 years since experts in the field of drug policy last met on the national scale to connect and share best practices.

This three-day event at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton will include people who use drugs, nurses, social workers, physicians, corrections staff, front-line workers, people involved in sex work, researchers, and other key people from across Canada.

Registration costs will be kept as low as possible so that as many people as possible can attend. Scholarships will be available.

Alberta’s harm reduction organizations, the Alberta Advocates Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs, Association Québécoise des Centres D’intervention en Dépendance and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, invite you to join them for this powerful opportunity.

Stimulus 2018 will include varied activities including, workshops, plenaries, panels, oral presentations, photography, poster presentations, spoken word, art showing, book reading, community tours, as well as a film festival.

Stimulus 2018 topics may include:

  • Cannabis legalization
  • Culture
  • Drug checking
  • Drug markets
  • Drug specific related topics including: opioids, stimulants, cannabis and psychedelics, etc.
  • Emergency response
  • Engaging people with lived experience
  • Grief
  • Harm reduction for people who use stimulants
  • HIV, Hepatitis and other STBBIs
  • Human Rights
  • Innovative programs and practices
  • International drug policy
  • Law and policy
  • Location based issues including suburban, rural and remote communities, and mobile services
  • New ideas, what the future holds
  • Nightlife Harm Reduction
  • Overdose prevention
  • Peer support and services
  • Policing, corrections and remand
  • Population specific (i.e. Indigenous, Women and Gender, Youth)
  • Positive relationships between harm reduction and recovery
  • Practice specific to professions (i.e. social workers, nurses, physicians)
  • Reconciliation
  • Research
  • Sex work
  • Supervised consumption services
  • Treatment options, issues


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