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.

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Stimulus Connect 18

April 21, 2022

We are turning the tables on Stimulus: Drugs, Policy and Practice in Canada. The Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD) and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) want your opinions on Stimulus’ future. This Stimulus Connect includes this year’s Connect topics; our partnerships; our ongoing searches for panelists; the work that CAPUD, CDPC and collaborators do behind the scenes that you may not notice to bring kick ass Stimulus Connects to you in an online format; and the upcoming Stimulus conference October 4 – 6, 2023 in Ottawa. Additionally, we answer your questions about Stimulus!

Previous Stimulus Connects

Debris after a forest fire in B.C.

Stimulus Connect 17: Emergency

March 3, 2022 Harm Reduction groups have never had to deal…
Speakers for Stimulus Connect 16

Stimulus Connect 16: Thresholds and Necessity Trafficking

January 20, 2022 Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based…

Stimulus Connect 15: Spotting

Join us for the launch of an educational animation about spotting—an overdose prevention method done by phone or video call.
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.