CRISM National Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder

CRISM developed the first Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorders. The guideline lays out the optimal strategies for the treatment of opioid addiction and recommends opioid agonist treatment with buprenorphine-naloxone as the preferred first-line treatment.

Drug Checking as a Harm Reduction Intervention

Drug checking refers to a service where individuals are able to anonymously submit samples of street drugs to have them analyzed to determine their chemical constituents. This report of drug checking as a harm reduction intervention includes an evidence review of the different kinds of technologies that can be used for drug checking.

War on drugs failing to limit drug use in Vancouver: New report finds declines in drug use associated with harm reduction services, not law enforcement efforts

The Drug Situation in Vancouver (2013): The latest comprehensive report on the drug situation in Vancouver shows health-focused policies have been more effective than federal law enforcement measures at reducing illicit drug use and improving public health and safety. View the media release here.

Report calls for policy reforms and harm reduction programs for people who inject drugs in Bangkok, Thailand

A September 2011 report summarizing two years of research findings on HIV risk behaviours and barriers to accessing HIV and harm reduction services among people who inject drugs in Thailand provides evidence-based recommendations for the expansion of harm reduction programs in that setting.

Drug prohibition, stricter law enforcement key sources of violence and gun crime

Canada’s war on drugs has failed to curb the illicit drug trade, and proposed legal interventions to disrupt the drug market may actually boost rates of drug-related violence, according to the latest report by the Urban Health Research Initiative. The report’s findings are significant in the context of Bill C-15. View the media release here.

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