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  • Past and Upcoming Events

  • New Website Launch

  • February Meeting Themes

  • Featured Resources

  • Research Paper of the Month

  • Research

  • In the News

  • Updates and Upcoming Community Events

  • Ways to Get Involved



  • On Thursday, February 24th, the NSS-CoP hosted the webinar Perspectives on Decriminalization, featuring: Dr. Christy Sutherland (Medical Director, Portland Hotel Society), Leslie McBain (Co-Founder, Moms Stop the Harm), and Wendy Stevens (Peer Operations Coordinator, Vancouver Coastal Health). CLICK HERE for access to the webinar recording, resources, and French transcription.

Weekly Drop-In Meetings:

  • Members are welcome to join our weekly meeting drop-in meetings. It is an interdisciplinary group with prescribers, pharmacists, harm reduction workers, policy folks, nurses, people who use drugs, etc. Right now, we are meeting on Thursdays at 12pm EST. Zoom Link

Upcoming Webinar Events:

  • We are hosting a webinar called Problems with Medicalized Safer Supply on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 @ 3pm EDTGarth Mullins (Host and Executive Producer of Crackdown Podcast), will moderate a discussion session with Eris Nyx and Jeremy Kalicum, co-founders of the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF). The conversation will discuss the problems with and limitations of medicalized safer supply and the possibilities and challenges of non-medicalized safer supply. A moderated Q & A session will follow the conversation. Audience members are welcome to submit their questions in the Q & A box. This is a public event. Closed captioning and French written transcription will be provided. Webinar Registration Link.

  • We are hosting a webinar called Safer Opioid Supply Guidance Document Updates on Thursday, March 31st, 2022 @ 12pm EDT. Join us for an update on safer opioid supply program guidance featuring active safer supply prescribers. A moderated Q & A session will follow the session. Audience members are welcome to submit their questions in the Q & A box. This is a public event. Closed captioning and French written transcription will be provided. Webinar Registration Link.

  • On Monday, April 4th at 3pm EDT, we are hosting a Wound Care Workshop for Non-CliniciansThis is a public event and anyone is welcome to attend. Closed captioning and French written transcription will be provided. More details to come. Webinar Registration Link.


The NSS-CoP team is thrilled to announce the launch of our new and improved website! Our site now hosts a resource library including over 500 resources relevant to safer supply guidance, protocols, research, evaluation, and advocacy. There is also a new interactive members-only forum, as well as links to previous and upcoming events and general information about safer supply and the NSS-CoP.

In the coming days, we will be activating your account. You will receive an email containing your username and temporary log in information. Once you log in, you will be prompted to select your own unique password. Once this is complete, you will have access to our forum where you can post topics and questions for discussion and communicate directly with the NSS-CoP membership.

We are still in the development stages of our new website and welcome any and all feedback and input about its functionality, design, and accessibility. We are also still in the early stages of building the "members-only" resources area and invite you to send us any relevant resources you'd like to see on the website.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at with any suggestions for how we can improve the site.

See you online!


Meeting Minutes:

Meeting minutes can be found in the meeting notes and resources folder on the National Safer Supply Community of Practice
Google Drive.

February 3rd, 2022:

  • Pain guidelines for people on safer supply
  • Naloxone medical directives
  • Safety measures for primary healthcare / internal audits

February 10th, 2022:

  • Pregnant clients on safer supply
  • Managing waitlists and triaging process
  • Safer supply eligibility criteria

February 17th, 2022:

  • Hydromorphone coverage under Ontario Drug Benefit
  • Best practices for morphine tab injection
  • Crackdown - Episode 29: Resign: There is a brand-new Crackdown Podcast episode available titled "Resign". Here is a brief description of the episode: "2,224 people died of toxic drug overdose in BC in 2021, says the Chief Coroner. How many months of fatal OD statistics have we seen since 2016? Fifty? Sixty? How many health and addictions ministers have passed through our lives as those numbers got bigger, only to move on after a few years? Enough. Politicians must face the music after another year of record-breaking overdose deaths. Since there’s no change, there must be consequences. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson and Minister of Health Adrian Dix must resign."
  • Finding Community Finding Hope - Cassandra Smith and the Path to Empowerment: Getting to Tomorrow, a project of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, recently released a new video featuring Cassandra Smith, a Harm Reduction Specialist with the Black CAP. Here is a brief description of the video: "As lived experience and history will attest, simply providing services and expecting people to overcome the impact of years of systemic oppression and trauma is a narrow, inaccurate view of reality for thousands of people confronting barriers in life. True support is rooted in compassion, suspends judgment, is trauma-informed, and focuses on building an infrastructure of support around people that is responsive and holistic–in short, a 'community.' Cassandra Smith’s story is a powerful testament to the impact a community can have in uplifting, empowering, and changing lives for the better. By focusing on the person, rather than simply the services provided to them, we can build a system for success that is authentically rooted in the lived realities of those in need."

Young, S., et al. 2022. Characterizing safer supply prescribing of immediate release hydromorphone for individuals with opioid use disorder across Ontario, Canada | International Journal of Drug Policy


  • Safer supply immediate release hydromorphone prescribing is increasing in Ontario.
  • Patients prescribed safer supply appear to be those at high risk of overdose.
  • Deaths of people prescribed safer supply immediate release hydromorphone was rare.

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We encourage NSS-CoP members to email with submissions to include in our newsletter. Content examples include but are not limited to community-led projects, peer-reviewed articles, grey literature, government publications, etc.

  • The NSS-CoP website is LIVE! Visit us here to register! We urge current members who haven’t done so to re-register via our website. We are also on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! Follow us for updates, news, and happenings in our community of practice!
  • The Canadian Pharmacists Association is hosting a webinar Safer Opioid Supply: Spotlight on the Vital Role of Pharmacists in Harm Reduction Programs on Wednesday, March 2nd at 1pm EST. Here is a brief description of the webinar: "This webinar will begin with a live discussion with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Health & Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, on the federal government’s approach to harm reduction and the important role that pharmacists play in supporting people who use drugs. Following the Minister’s remarks, our panel of experts will examine and discuss SOS and other harm reduction strategies, review opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and focus on the pharmacist’s role as an advocate for patients with addiction." Click HERE to register.
  • Registration is still open for Stimulus Connect 17 - Emergency, happening on Thursday, March 3rd from 3-5pm EST. Here is a brief description of the webinar: "Harm Reduction groups have never had to deal with this much disaster and chaos. The mess has included climate change, toxic drug supply injury and deaths, multiple loss, COVID-19, conservative governments, convoys and occupations, supply chain disruptions and NIMBY surveillance. Your organization may have a dusty Y2K emergency plan or none at all, join us as we Connect on Emergency: Safety For Harm Reduction Staff and Volunteers (Part 1)." Click HERE to register.
  • NorWest Community Health Centres launched a one-year pilot of Lifeguard Digital Health’s Lifeguard App—a mobile app resource as part of NorWest Community Health Centres’ response to the overdose crisis in June of 2021. The Lifeguard App supports people who use drugs by providing a direct link to emergency responders in the event of an overdose. The app also provides information and resources for both people who use drugs and their broader communities, such as alerts on local supply contaminants, Naloxone and CPR instructions, Suicide and crisis support lines, and information about community services, mental health and addiction treatment services. NorWest Community Health Centres made the app available to the population of northwestern Ontario. Thanks to the efforts of several community partners and outreach workers across northwestern Ontario, the Lifeguard App has seen use in the five regions in which it is available. Through January 2022, nearly 800 people have downloaded the app, which has been used in over 7,000 individual sessions. NorWest is now seeking partners to sustain and potentially expand the implementation of lifeguard in communities across Ontario. They are hoping interested partners will consider earmarking year-end funds for this purpose. If this is of potential interest, please contact Juanita Lawson ( as soon as possible.
  • Registration is open for the Opioid Use in Primary Care Virtual Conference happening virtually on April 8th, 2022 from 8am to 4pm EST. Here is a brief description of the conference: "Designed for anyone involved in the care and support of people who use opioids, this one-day event will provide the opportunity to learn about and discuss topics related to opioid use practices, policies, treatments and harm reduction. We invite health care professionals, people with lived and living experience, family members, researchers, policymakers and educators to engage in a broad range of topics including transitions in care, lessons from COVID-19 and other major disruptions, the drug poisoning crisis, integration of care, safer supply initiatives, stigma and opioid use lessons from other countries around opioid use. The conference also provides a networking opportunity with others in the field of opioid use and treatment." Click HERE to register.
  • You are invited to attend an exciting speaker series presented by experts across the province throughout February and March 2022. The Building Enhanced Treatment Response (BETR) Initiative’s CME-approved educational sessions are designed to build enhanced treatment responses for HCV and HIV care. The goal is to establish a broader community of practice across Ontario. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, system navigators, and harm reduction workers are encouraged to attend! Click HERE to register.

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We’d like to create opportunities for skills sharing. Let us know if you would like to offer a workshop or present to the membership.

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How can we help? Let us know what you need! Our goal is to support you by assisting in areas around your programs, organizations, and communities!
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