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Stimulus Connect 13: Recognizing Expertise

June 23, 2021

This Stimulus Connect will present the findings from the CAPUD Best Practices in Meaningful and Respectful Engagement of People Who Use Drugs (Best Practices Project), led by the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD) and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. We will share the study findings, discuss the implications for organizations, and encourage self-reflection and self-assessment on the extent to which best practices have and should be implemented. Participants will be encouraged to thoughtfully consider the (mis)match between their good intentions and the lived realities of PWUD who either work in harm reduction organizations or attend conferences/meetings.


  1. Slides: Recognizing Expertise, June 23, 2021
  2. Report: Report on Resistance #2: Ethical Substance Use Navigation
  3. Report: Impacts of Overdose on Front – Line Harm Reduction Workers in the City of Toronto, February 19, 2021
  4. Journal Article: Peer support workers as a bridge: a qualitative study exploring the role of peer support workers in the care of people who use drugs during and after hospitalization, February 16, 2021
  5. Journal Article: “Running myself ragged”: stressors faced by peer workers in overdose response settings, February 11, 2021
  6. Journal Article: “And we just have to keep going”: Task shifting and the production of burnout among overdose response workers with lived experience, February 2021
  7. Journal Article: “It’s an emotional roller coaster… But sometimes it’s fucking awesome”: Meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia, February 2021
  8. Journal Article: Having a voice and saving lives: a qualitative survey on employment impacts of people with lived experience of drug use working in harm reduction, January 6, 2021
  9. Guidelines: Guidelines for Partnering with People with Lived and Living Experience of Substance Use and Their Families and Friends, 2021
  10. Journal Article: Essential work, precarious labour: The need for safer and equitable harm reduction work in the era of COVID-19, December 10, 2020
  11. Journal Article: ‘Peer’ work as precarious: A qualitative study of work conditions and experiences of people who use drugs engaged in harm reduction work, November 2020
  12. Journal Article: Supporting the full participation of people who use drugs in policy fora: Provision of a temporary, conference-based overdose prevention site, October 2020
  13. Journal Article: Defining culturally safe primary care for people who use substances: a participatory concept mapping study, 2020
  14. Journal Article: “Having a voice and saving lives” A survey by and for people who use drugs and work in harm reduction, July 2019
  15. Journal Article:   Harm Reduction Services: Recommendations for Overdose Prevention at Meetings and Events, January 2019
  16. Journal Article: Drug users deserve fair pay for overdose prevention work, report recommends, October 4, 2018
  17. Tool: Trauma-and Violence-Informed Care (TVIC) Tool, March 14, 2018
  18. Reports: Stimulus 2018: Drugs, Policy and Practice in Canada, 2018
  19. Journal Article: Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the roles of people who inject drugs in harm reduction initiatives, June 1, 2015
  20. Journal Article: Mobilizing drug policy activism: conferences, convergence spaces and ephemeral fixtures in social movement mobilization, August 11, 2015
  21. Journal Article: Engaging people who use drugs in policy and program development: A review of the literature, November 24, 2012