Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies aimed at reducing negative health, social and legal consequences associated with substance use. The Psychedelic Association of Canada stands for responsible empowered living, which includes harm reduction practices that encompass a range of health and social services that apply to both illicit and licit substances.
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General Harm Reduction Resources
Health Link BC
Information on the basics of harm reduction is. Focused on the broad application of harm reduction practices.
Integrative harm reduction psychotherapy: a case of substance use, multiple trauma, and suicidality
Information About Substances
US-based organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife community. Find through their website test-kits and fentanyl test strips.
Test Kit Plus
Canada-based reagent supplier. Please note that reagents are not 100% accurate, particularly when there is more than 1 drug present in a sample.
Naloxone (pronounced na-LOX-own) is a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.
Take-home naloxone kits are available at most pharmacies. A prescription is not needed. Some provinces offer free take-home naloxone kits. Consult your province to see where these kits are available.
Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program (OHRDP)
Where to find naloxone, Harm Reduction Supplies/Programs in Ontario
Harm Reduction Organizations
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Organization working to support the development of drug policies for Canada.
Quebec-based organization with a mission to reduce harm associated with the use of psychoactive substances and to prevent problematic use.
Harm Reduction International
Leading NGO dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy.
Harm Reduction Nurses Association
Canadian national organization with a mission to advance harm reduction nursing through practice, education, research, and advocacy.
Crisis Support and Integration Circles
Manitoba Harm Reduction Network
Coordinates efforts and support harm reduction within and across jurisdictions.
Support ecosystem for people empowering themselves with the intentional use of psychedelic medicines.
Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI)
Peer Support, Consumer Survivor Mental Health Support Network
Project Safe Audience
Canadian organization that offers peer-based harm reduction services and training to members for those who want to engage in safer sexual health and substance use practices and behaviours.
Toronto-based project for appropriate drug and sex information within the Toronto rave scene.
Your Questions - Answered!
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The Psychedelic Association of Canada would like to thank Dominique Denis-Lalonde & Bryce Koch for keeping this page updated.
Dominique Denis-Lalonde, BN, RN, MN (she/her) has a background in harm reduction and safer drug use, HIV prevention, sexual health, abortion care, LGBT health, and sex worker advocacy. Led by a desire to uphold personal autonomy, Dominique has supported harm reduction efforts in a variety of contexts including at large international music festivals and with vulnerable populations in Calgary, and she also identifies as a person who uses drugs. She imagines a world where sensible drug policy allows for the therapeutic, ceremonial, medicinal, and recreational use of currently-illegal drugs.
Bryce Koch is a nurse who has experience in emergency medicine, mass-gathering medicine, harm reduction, and public health. Currently, he is the Central Canada Regional Representative for the Harm Reduction Nurses Association www.hrna-aiirm.ca
The Harm Reduction Nurses Association is a Canadian national organization with a mission to advance harm reduction nursing through practice, education, research, and advocacy. While in nursing school, Bryce co-founded Project Safe Audience (PSA). PSA is a harm reduction program that provides health services to the festival/rave population. Some of the services PSA provides are onsite drug checking, harm reduction supply distribution, psychedelic crisis intervention, and mental health services.
Bryce is currently pursuing his Masters of Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychedelic medicine. In addition to this, he is receiving training from TheraPsil on the therapeutic use of psychedelics in palliative care.
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