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  • January Meeting Themes

  • Featured Resources

  • Research Paper of the Month

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  • Updates and Upcoming Community Events

  • Ways to Get Involved



  • On Thursday, January 20th, the NSS-CoP hosted the webinar LIHC's Safer Opioid Supply Evaluation Report Launch. CLICK HERE for access to the summary report, full report, webinar recording, and French transcription.
  • On Monday, January 31st, the NSS-CoP hosted the workshop Wound Care Workshop for Clinicians, facilitated and led by Patricia Coutts (RN) and Erin Telegdi (RN). CLICK HERE for access to the full recording and resources shared during the workshop.

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:

  • Perspectives on Decriminalization on February 24th, 2022 @ 12pm EST. Join our presenters to learn their 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). This event is open to the public. Closed captioning and simultaneous written French transcription will be provided. Webinar Registration Link

Are you a prescriber who is a member of the NSS-CoP? Are you registered for the Safer Supply Prescriber Consultation Line? Access an experienced safer supply prescriber 7 days a week. For more information, please email mail .


Meeting Minutes:

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

January 6th, 2022:

  • Benzodiazepine withdrawal during incarceration
  • Access to withdrawal centres for safer supply clients
  • Pushing for iOAT and safer supply programs during upcoming provincial elections

January 13th, 2022:

  • Is momentum building for Registered Nurses (RNs) to prescribe OAT in Ontario?
  • Safer supply participants, tooth pain, and lack of access to care
  • Safer supply self-advocacy resources

January 27th, 2022:

  • Summary of the London InterCommunity Health (LIHC) evaluation report
  • Discussion regarding prescriber liability
  • Stigma and Substance Use: Getting to Tomorrow, a project of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, recently published a new video discussing stigma and substance use. Here's a brief description: "At the heart of our broken system of drug policies lie underlying assumptions about people who use drugs. These negative stereotypes create the laws that prohibit drug use and influence how we treat people who use substances. Stigma is both individual and systemic—how we treat others, and how institutions like hospitals and the legal system treat people. These negative, inaccurate stereotypes of people who use drugs have been borne out in popular culture, media, and everyday interactions. They create barriers to accessing social and health services as people who feel stigmatized will be less likely to seek help and talk openly about their substance use. By changing the way we think, we can change the way we act."
  • Public Health Ontario recently released an evidence brief called Novel Non-Fentanyl Synthetic Opioids: Risk Assessment and Implications for Practice. It provides key messages and evidence, as well as a substantial list of references and citations for review. One interesting finding in this document highlights the importance and desperate need for safer supply programs to save lives: "Drug checking, supervised consumption services (SCS), or safer supply programs may play an even more important role in preventing opioid-related morbidity and mortality as a result of increased exposure to a more varied and toxic unregulated drug supply, including benzimidazole-opioids, fentanyl/fentanyl analogues, benzodiazepines, and other NPS."
  • There is now a Withdrawal Management Services Manual available on META:PHI. This manual was created for providers working in residential community-based withdrawal management services (WMS) to standardize care, improve documentation and information sharing, and provide quick access to relevant information.

Brothers, T. D., et al. 2022. Evaluation of an emergency safe supply drugs and managed alcohol program in COVID-19 isolation hotel shelters for people experiencing homelessness | BMJ PrePrint

Background: During a COVID-19 outbreak in the congregate shelter system in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a multidisciplinary health care team provided an emergency “safe supply” of pharmaceutical-grade medications and beverage-grade alcohol to facilitate isolation in COVID-19 hotel shelters for residents who are dependent on these substances. We aimed to evaluate (a) substances and dosages provided, and (b) effectiveness and safety of the program.

Conclusions: An emergency safe supply and managed alcohol program, paired with housing, was associated with low rates of adverse events and high rates of successful completion of the 14-day isolation period in COVID-19 isolation hotel shelters. This supports the effectiveness and safety of emergency safe supply prescribing and managed alcohol in this setting.

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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!
  • Congratulations to Giulia di Giorgio, who is one of seven (amazing) recipients of the 2021 Doris Anderson Award. She was recently spotlighted in Chatelaine's December 2021 issue. Click here to read about Giulia's tireless and fierce harm reduction advocacy in Nova Scotia and beyond!
  • You are invited to attend an award-winning documentary screening of Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, hosted by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, on Wednesday, March 2nd @ 6pm PST / 9pm EST. This documentary is a co-production between Seen Through Women Productions and the National Film Board of Canada. The film follows filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers as she creates an intimate portrait of her community and the impacts of the drug poisoning epidemic. Witness the change brought by community members with substance use disorder, first responders and medical professionals as they strive for harm reduction in the Kainai First Nation. Register here for your free ticket.
  • 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. (*The first 80 registrants will receive a gift*)
  • The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and the Dr. Peter Centre are holding a series of dialogues in each of the four directions. They invite Indigenous Women living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C to share perspectives and learnings on how the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on Gender Based Violence (GBV). Please join if you identify as: First Nation, Métis, Inuit; As a person living with HIV/AIDS (IPHA) and/or Hepatitis C (IPHC); Woman [inclusive of Trans-women, Two-Spirit, Femme/Feminine-identifying, Genderqueer or Non-binary, LGBTQ2S+].
    Remaining Upcoming Dialogue Session Dates:
    - February 3rd, 2022 @2PM EST - REGISTER HERE
    - February 9th, 2022 @ 2PM AST - REGISTER HERE

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