There is an urgent need to address the devastating losses associated with the current drug-poisoning emergency in Canada. To that end, our presenters undertook a concept mapping study to obtain the perspectives of service users on key elements of effective safer supply programs. This webinar presented a model of safer supply informed by people who use drugs and included recommendations for programmatic and systemic changes.
Fred Cameron is the Operations Coordinator and Harm Reduction Manager with SOLID Outreach Society. He has extensive experience as a community researcher with the Canadian institute for Substance Use Research. He is a member of BC Strategies for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Patient Council He is an author and writer who has published on patient oriented research and peer led interventions as well as other current issues in local and regional magazines. In addition to working with SOLID, he is completing a degree in social work.
Bernie Pauly is a Professor in the School of Nursing, a Scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and a University of Victoria Community Engaged Scholar. She is the current Island Health Scholar in Residence, a position she has head since 2016. Her research focuses on reducing health inequities in the context of substance use and homelessness and promoting health equity through more equitable health systems and services. She has been a research collaborator with SOLID Outreach and AVI Health and Community Services for more than 15 years. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards including a recent BC Health Employers Association Dianna Mah Jones Award for Excellence in Person Centred Care.