Harm Reduction Series

 

This videoconference session will build participants’ understanding of substance use as a multi-faceted and complex human behavior. Knowledge of the underlying reasons for substance use will improve understanding of how stigma affects the quality of life for people who use substances and their loved ones. We will discuss harm reduction as a culture, its principles, practices, and services. A review of evidence-based benefits of harm reduction interventions will be provided, along with addressing some myths and facts around harm reduction. At the end of this presentation, participants will feel more confident advocating for harm reduction services in their communities and learn key tools to help adapt harm reduction to meet their community’s unique needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify how stigma affects quality of life for people who use substances (PWUS) and adopt practices to reduce stigma.
  • Be able to identify harm reduction principles, practices and services
  • Understand benefits of harm reduction to the individual, community, and society
  • Feel more confident advocating for harm reduction approaches and conceptualizing harm reduction principles into community service structures

Handouts:

The following handouts are available for this session: Introduction to Harm Reduction Poster 

Recordings:

 

This videoconference session will provide an introductory level overview of the common psychoactive substances that people may consume and the personal benefits that they may provide the people who consume them. At the end of the presentation, participants will feel more comfortable in discussing safer consumption openly with people who use substances in order to reduce risk of harm and foster trusting relationships. 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Identify and understand the different categories of psychoactive substances and the physiological effects they produce
  • Develop an understanding of why psychoactive substances may be appealing to some people
  • Understand the different routes and methods of consumption of psychoactive substances: equipment involved, and safer consumption practices
  • Identify the different levels of harm associated with different routes of consumption
  • Incorporate safer consumption education into conversations about substance use and interactions with people who use substances

 

PRESENTED BY: Sara Gill, Educator & Jennifer McLaren, Edmonton Zone Lead.  Both speakers are Registered Nurses with provincial AHS Harm Reduction Services Team

Handouts:

The following handouts are available for this session: Safe Substance Use: An Overview of Psychoactive Substances and Methods of Consumption Poster

Recordings:

There is no recording available for this session.

 

Join us for the third session in the Harm Reduction Series. This session will look at the barriers and stigma that pregnant women face while using substances. Morgan Chalifoux and Kelti Gore will present; Morgan and Kelti work with the H.E.R Pregnancy Program. This program operates under a harm reduction philosophy and strives to decrease barriers to health care & engage women in their pregnancy. The program targets those women who are most marginalized, multi-challenged, often homeless, and are not connecting to any other community supports. The team works with women throughout their pregnancy and up to six months postnatal.

Handouts:

The following handouts are available for this session: Reducing Stigma and Barriers Within Pregnant Clients

Recordings:

There is no recording available for this session. 

Learn about how the current drug-poisoning epidemic affects individuals, families, and communities in Alberta and what the best evidence shows about treating opioid addiction. We will also explore successful ways of providing treatment access right in First Nations communities.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Better understand how to best protect people with opioid use problems from adverse outcomes
  • Understand the risks of some commonly used interventions
  • Understand systems that improve evidence-based treatment access on reserve

Target Audience: Health Directors of communities and Treaty Organizations where opioid use is a growing concern.

Handouts:

The following handouts are available for this session: Opiod Use Problems and Treatment for First Nations Within Alberta

Recordings:

There is no recording available for this session.

Email: vchelp@fntn.ca Phone: 1.888.999.3356