Stimulus Connect

What is Stimulus Connect

Stimulus Connect is not just another webinar, it is an opportunity for Canadian stakeholders in harm reduction and drug policy to come together, learn, and network on specific topics. We strive to provide an online space where authentic connections are made on issues that affect us all. In addition to pulling together key contacts to discuss the topic we also gather related journal articles, resources, media and tools and provide these resources along with the #StimulusConnect recording on our website.

#StimulusConnect topics are curated in consultation with the Stimulus National Implementation and Planning (SNIP) Committee and their Executive Committee. A group of key stakeholders are then brought together to collaboratively plan the content, speakers and methods of each event. As with other Stimulus program activities we work from a framework of Nothing About Us Without Us. Stimulus Connects include English/French simultaneous interpretation.


Stimulus Connect 15

October 20, 2021

Join us for the launch of an educational animation about spotting – an overdose prevention method done by phone or video call. This new resource from CAPUD is available in both official languages and provides an step by step guide about spotting. Meet the team that created the animation and learn more about how spotting may help your community.


  1. Journal Article: A qualitative study on overdose response in the era of COVID-19 and beyond: how to spot someone so they never have to use alone, August 5, 2021
  2. Journal Article: Developing a digital health strategy for people who use drugs- Lessons from COVID-19, 2021
  3. Journal Article: A drug-related Good Samaritan Law and calling emergency medical services for drug overdoses in a Canadian setting, August 26, 2021
  4. Services that provide spotting services: BRAVENational Overdose Response Services (NORS)
  5. Infographic: How to remote spot someone who uses drugs
  6. Report: Grenfell Ministries Overdose Prevention Line Pilot Evaluation, 2020
  7. Blog: How we can help keep people who use drugs alive during COVID-19, August 4, 2020
  8. Media: Virtual ‘spotting’ could help keep drug users safe during COVID-19, U of T researchers say, April 16, 2021
  9. Media: Drug-User Groups Innovate to Reduce the Risks of Using While Isolated, May 18, 2020

Previous Stimulus Connects

Three people standing outside BC Supreme Court holding a piece of paper

Stimulus Connect 14: Drug Decrim Canada

It’s time to decriminalize drugs across Canada. The Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD) is suing Canada to remove criminal penalties on drug use!
A crowd of people with signs raising their fists at a rally

Stimulus Connect 13: Recognizing Expertise

People who use drugs are the experts in their own experience and the drug policies that fuel harm.
a bottle of pills on an orange background

Stimulus Connect 12: Benefits of Stimulants

“80 to 90 percent of people are not negatively affected by drugs, but in the scientific literature nearly 100 percent of the reports are negative.” Dr. Carl Hart
Sign that reads "our pandemic is being ignored"

Stimulus Connect 10 & 11: Impact of the Pandemic on People Who Use Drugs

Canada was experiencing a massive wave of overdoses, but with 2020 came the COVID-19 pandemic which made unprecedented impact on people's lives.

Stimulus Connect 9: Harm Reduction & Drug Selling

Their work is varied, and some sellers contribute to harm reduction efforts through their role within the illegal drug market.
Naloxone kits arranged on a table

Stimulus Connect 8: Harm Reduction Tools for Parents and Caregivers

There are a range of factors, and layers of overlapping oppression that can challenge parents and caregivers who use substances.

Stimulus Connect 7: Walking the Walk

Facilitating meaningful inclusion of people who use drugs by offering attendance alone is a fail. Rather, people who use drugs must be stakeholders with equal standing in all aspects of implementing conferences and events
A sign reading "defund the police"

Stimulus Connect 6: Defunding the Police

Defund the Police has been a strong rally cry in the US and Canada. #StimulusConnect will discuss why defunding the police is an essential part of harm reduction based practice.

Stimulus Connect 5: 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.