Mot clé : Réduction des méfaits

World Hepatitis Day: Finally something to celebrate?

By Annika Ollner

Every year on July 28, we mark World Hepatitis Day with an event to educate, gather together, and also remember those we have lost from the hepatitis C community. This year, we should have much to celebrate: in early 2017, medications that had previously been unavailable were finally added to some formularies, including Ontario’s. This  means that people with certain types of hepatitis C who have been waiting years to access safe, effective medication will finally be able to start treatment and be cured. For many, being cured means avoiding potentially fatal outcomes like liver failure and liver cancer. It also means shedding the burden of carrying a highly stigmatized illness that is often met with ignorance, ostracism and discrimination.

6 things you can do to show solidarity with people who use drugs and help end the opioid crisis

By Zoë Dodd & Alexander McClelland

At the opening of the recent 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal, the Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced that more people have died in the overdose epidemic in the past few years than died during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 80s and early 90s. In 2016, it is estimated that 2,300 people died of overdose—preventable deaths caused by the prohibition of drugs.

In response to that sobering and sad announcement, we wrote an article asking for people engaged in the response to HIV to show support and solidarity with people who use drugs. We believe that making connections between the two epidemics can help build solidarity, increase public support and mobilize people into action to address the national overdose crisis. We wrote:

“People who have lived through the AIDS crisis, who work in HIV organizations, who call themselves allies of the HIV community, who have attended an HIV fundraiser, who have learned about the history of AIDS activism, we make an appeal to you: The time for you to step up and end the massive injustice taking place against people who use drugs is now. We need more resources. We need the government to take our solutions seriously. We need the overdose epidemic to be declared a national emergency. Help us do this.”

So what can you do if you want to show support and solidarity? Here are six things you and your organization can do:

Comment s’assurer que les actions de sécurité publique ne contreviennent pas à la mise en place de stratégies de réduction des méfaits ?

Par Anik Tremblay

La transmission du VIH et du VHC constitue encore aujourd’hui un problème de santé publique de première importance.  Certains comportements, comme l’usage de drogues par injection et par inhalation, entraînent des risques importants de transmission. En effet, selon les données de surveillance [i], 15 % des personnes qui vont dans les centres d’accès au matériel d’injection et d’inhalation sont infectées au VIH et 63 % au VHC.

The Face of Our Story

By Signe Dewar and Tom Barnard

signe-photo-cropped tom-photo-croppedThe Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, in partnership with the Toronto Community Hep C Program (TCHCP), invited people with lived experience of hepatitis C to take part in an art project called The Face of Our Story.  In that project, clay tiles depicting stories of lived experience would be displayed at the museum on World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2016. This is the story of Signe and Tom who participated in the event.

The day arrived when we met with museum staff, were given a tour, and the project was explained to us. We were nervous.  We were proud to be part of this experience, but at the same time unsure of our surroundings and what was expected of us. None of us had ever put on an art show in a museum. We spoke in hushed tones and experienced a feeling of reverence as we saw the beautiful work of other artists. We exchanged glances and thought, “Uh oh! What are we doing here?”

La déclaration de Santé Canada sur le statut de la naloxone est un changement judicieux dans le paradigme des politiques sur les drogues

Par la Dre Lynne Leonard Lynne Leonard pic

L’administration de naloxone, un composé chimique qui arrête efficacement les effets de la surdose d’opioïdes, de façon temporaire, est recommandée par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé pour utilisation en cas de surdose d’opioïdes. Au Canada, à l’heure actuelle, la naloxone est offerte uniquement sous forme injectable et il faut une ordonnance pour s’en procurer; elle ne peut être administrée qu’à la personne nommée sur l’ordonnance. Afin d’élargir l’accessibilité de la naloxone pour répondre au nombre croissant de surdoses d’opioïdes, au Canada, et après un examen des données relatives à la santé et à l’innocuité, Santé Canada a proposé un changement à la liste des médicaments vendus sur ordonnance, de façon à autoriser l’utilisation sans ordonnance de la naloxone dans le cas précis d’urgences liées à la surdose d’opioïdes hors du milieu hospitalier. Une consultation publique sur cette proposition a été ouverte et, si le changement du statut demeure appuyé par les données recueillies lors de la consultation, le changement sera finalisé.