September 23, 2020

Canada is experiencing the worst ever overdose poisoning epidemic in our country’s history. Over 70% of overdose deaths are related to highly concentrated fentanyl in the unregulated and toxic drug market. Access to a safe supply of drugs is urgently needed. Building on previous webinars and discussions by prescribers and researchers about safe supply My Safe Supply: Stimulus Connect 5 features Canadians who use drugs sharing how they want safe supply delivered. What does autonomy and access within safe supply mean? Please join us as we connect and learn from their experience in advocating for, trying to access safe supply and living with safe supply.

In preparation we gathered a few resources, documents and media articles that you may be find helpful.

(Canadian)

  1. Website: The Canadian Association for Safe Supply is a person who uses drugs led activist group and nationally incorporated non-profit organization founded in 2019. Their resources page also includes:
    1. PDF support letter to give to prescribing physicians within the covid-19 and overdose crises
    2. Briefing Note: Informing Your Consent Regarding Issues of the Safe Supply Options for Opioids in the “Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies” Guideline.
  2. Website: Access Safe Supply BC. Their webpage also includes:
    1. A map to find an organized drug user group near you
    2. Safe Supply Resources
  3. Petition: The Municipal Drug Strategy Coordinators Network of Ontario (MDSCNO) calls on the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to immediately increase funding for safer supply initiatives to improve the health, safety and well- being of people who use drugs in Ontario, August, 2020
  4. Petition: Safe supply of drugs in the Yukon – Support. Don’t Punish.
  5. Email Zap: Safe Supply- Email Zap for prescribers National Days of Action on The Overdose Crisis 2020
  6. Opinion: A Domestic Safe Supply of Injectable Heroin Would Save Lives, August 10, 2020
  7. Journal Article: ‘Safer opioid distribution’ as an essential public health intervention for the opioid mortality crisis – Considerations, options and examples towards broad-based implementation, November 2020
  8. Journal Article: Motivations to initiate injectable hydromorphone and diacetylmorphine treatment: A qualitative study of patient experiences in Vancouver, Canada, November 2020
  9. Journal Article: Barriers and facilitators to a novel low-barrier hydromorphone distribution program in Vancouver, Canada: a qualitative study, September 15, 2020
  10. Journal Article: A safer drug supply: a pragmatic and ethical response to the overdose crisis, August 24, 2020
  11. Journal Article: Safer opioid distribution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, July 27, 2020
  12.  Journal Article:Tackling the overdose crisis: The role of safe supply, June 2020
  13. Journal Article: Practices of care among people who buy, use, and sell drugs in community settings, May 2020
  14. Journal Article: Stimulant safe supply: a potential opportunity to respond to the overdose epidemic, January 2020
  15. Journal Article: Problematizing the DSM-5 criteria for opioid use disorder: A qualitative analysis, 2020
  16. Journal Article: Addiction and Heroin-Assisted Treatment: Legal Discourse and Drug Reform, 2019
  17. Journal Article: Yet they failed to do so: recommendations based on the experiences of NAOMI research survivors and a call for action, 2013
  18. Letter: Letter from the Minister of Health regarding treatment and safer supply, August 24, 2020
  19. Letter: An Open Letter calling for Public Drug Coverage of High Dose Injectable Hydromorphone for People Who Use Opioids in Ontario
  20. News: London-based safe opioid supply program gets $6.5M boost from the feds, September 21, 2020
  21. News: Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre: A program pioneered in London that offers safe drugs to opioid users has attracted some major federal funding, September 21, 2020
  22. News: Kitchener council endorses safe supply initiative, September 17, 2020
  23. News: B.C. authorizes nurses to prescribe safe alternatives to toxic street drugs. Overdose deaths in B.C. have spiked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. September 16, 2020
  24. News: New public health order to help slow B.C.’s overdose crisis, September 16, 2020
  25. News: Researchers Confirm the Lifesaving Power of a Safe Supply of Drugs, September 16, 2020
  26. News: ‘Life-saving and Life-changing’: BC’s Safe Supply Program Gets Major Expansion: More drugs covered, more people eligible and increased access all promised as part of overdose crisis response. September 16, 2020
  27. News: After Another 175 Overdose Deaths in July, Advocates Want Action, August 25, 2020
  28. News: Canadian Association for Safe Supply CEO Jordan Westfall says record overdose deaths justify offering untainted drugs, August 25, 2020
  29. News: Canadian Drug Users Need Us Doctors to Step Up With Safe Supply, August 24, 2020
  30. News: Drug Users Call for Safe Supply of Heroin and Cocaine, and Show How It’s Done, June 23, 2020
  31. News: B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic, March 26. 2020
  32. Resource: Heroin Compassion Clubs: A cooperative model to reduce opioid
    overdose deaths & disrupt organized crime’s role in fentanyl, money laundering & housing unaffordability
  33. Resource: Toolkit for Substance Use and Addictions Program Applicants, August 2019 Resource: Medications and other clinical approaches to support physical distancing for people who use substances during the COVID-19 pandemic
  34. Resource: Securing Safe Supply During COVID-19 and Beyond: Scoping Review and Knowledge Mobilization
  35. Resource: Safe Supply Concept Document by CAPUD
  36. Resource: Safe Supply Advocacy Tool by the BC Association of People on Methadone
  37. Resource: Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  38. Resource: Safer Opioid Supply Programs (SOS): A Harm Reduction Informed Guiding Document for Primary Care Teams, April 2020
  39. Resource: Safe supply: The debate around prescribing opioids to people who use drugs, August 15, 2019
  40. Resource: Prescriber Guidelines for Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies, Notification to all prescribers in the Vanc
    ouver Coastal Health (VCH) region,
    April 8, 2020
  41. Resource: Risk Mitigation: In the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies, March 2020
  42. Resource: Federation of Canadian Municipalities Increasing Access to Safe Supply Programs to Treat Substance Use Disorder
  43. Resource: Safer Supply Advocacy and Resource Handout rp1
  44. Video: MySafe Project – We Have An Alternative
  45. Podcast: Crackdown Episode 15: Apocalypse Prescribing please review other Crackdown Podcasts as other episodes include Safe Supply as well

(International)

  1. Webinar: Virtual Office Hours: Safe Supply with Dr Kim Sue , August 19, 2020