As you know, Canada is facing an urgent challenge to reduce the harms associated with opioids. Considerable efforts have been made across the country to address the crisis, with harm reduction being one critical component of this response.
Individuals providing harm reduction services have spoken about some of the benefits and challenges of their role. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction is currently conducting a study using an online survey to better understand the experiences of individuals who provide harm reduction services. Additionally, we would like to gather information about the services and supports that could be put in place to ensure the well-being of individuals performing this work. The survey findings will be used to educate health system planners, and policy and decision makers about the experiences of individuals providing harm reduction services and how they can facilitate these services as one component of the response to opioid harms.
Harm reduction can take many forms. For the purpose of this survey, harm reduction means reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use through the delivery of health and social services and practices. Some examples include needle/syringe programs, naloxone distribution, opioid substitution and maintenance treatment, counselling, safer-use education, HIV/HCV testing or drug testing.
If you or those in your networks are providing harm reduction services, please consider contributing to our research by completing the survey here. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and you can choose to be entered into a draw with a 1 out of 5 chance to receive a $20 gift card to Tim Horton’s upon completion. Your individual responses to the survey will be confidential and completely anonymous. The data collected by the survey will be reported as group results only or anonymous quotes; individual information will not be identifiable in any reports that are produced.
We are interested in responses from all across Canada and all forms of harm reduction services, so please share this survey widely. We apologize in advance for any cross-posting, which may result in you receiving the survey link more than once.
The survey will remain open until approximately September 30.