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Webinar | Having a Voice and Saving Lives: A Qualitative Survey on Employment Impacts of People with Lived Experience of Drug Use Working in Harm Reduction
The involvement of people who use drugs working in harm reduction has been a significant and expanding component of overdose prevention interventions across the nation. While such initiatives have proven effective in decreasing drug-related harms among PWUD, there exist unintended negative impacts. In 2018, at the National 2018 Stimulus conference held in Edmonton, Alberta, 50 qualitative surveys were completed by people with lived expertise (PWLE) of drug use working in harm reduction from across Canada. The surveys focused on the benefits and negatives of “peer” employment and recommendations for organizational transformation. The CRISM PWLE of Drug Use working group will be presenting on the survey’s findings, while discussing their own experiences working in harm reduction.


Alexandra de Kiewit works at Cactus' supervised injection site and is a facilitator for PLDI (Positive Leadership Development Institute) in Quebec.

Frank Crichlow is the Chair of the Toronto Drug Users Union and a member of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance and on the Board of the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD).

Michael Nurse works in Toronto delivering harm reduction-guided support to people who are experiencing challenges related to the use of psychoactive substances, and is the national board secretary of the CAPUD.

Sean LeBlanc founded the Drug Users Advocacy League in 2010, and was later the co-Principal Investigator of the PROUD Study: Participatory Research in Ottawa Understanding Drugs.

Tamar Austin MPH is a Research Coordinator at the BC Center on Substance Use (BCCSU), whose work is focused on exploring the experiences of women who use drugs, labour and care.

Jane Boyd PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a Research Scientist with the BCCSU.

Please note: This webinar will be held in English only. If you have any questions, please contact us at substanceuse@cpha.ca

Mar 11, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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