Sure - Canadian Substance Use Resource and Knowledge Exchange Centre

Health equity refers to the alleviation or elimination of the differential health outcomes that arise from social and structural determinants of health. (Access Alliance & Alliance for Healthier Communities, 2018). Within the context of substance use, an equity lens acknowledges that social and structural factors affect both personal substance use and the distribution of substance use-related harms, particularly those related to criminalization. (EQUIP Health Care, 2017). The resources in this section outline some of the necessary approaches to achieving health equity and anti-oppression, including anti-racism, gender-informed responses, Indigenous cultural safety, stigma reduction, and trauma- and violence-informed approaches.