Search Resources (English): Harm reduction

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Methadone maintenance treatment

Discusses how methadone maintenance treatments work for opiod dependence, as well as the benefits and effectiveness.

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Published: 2002
Literature review: methadone maintenance treatment

Provides an overview of the evidence on the effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Focuses on the overall effectiveness of MMT, as well as factors that influence the effectiveness, namely individual and programmatic factors, program development and design, program policies, and program team and environment.

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Published: 2002
Best practices: methadone maintenance treatment

Provides information on evidence-based best practices in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), and the key components of comprehensive MMT programs.

Published: 2002
Keepers of the earth: women, health and HIV/AIDS
Presents a training package, that includes a manual, video, public service announcement and training workshop. Provides information to help enhance community health representatives' capacities in HIV/AIDS prevention and incommunity education with women, emphasizing culturally-appropriate models of healthy sexuality and the reduction of high risk behaviours. Also addresses the multiple and specific needs of First Nations and Inuit women living with HIV/AIDS or who are caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Published: 1999
ABC of smoking cessation: harm reduction
Examines and discusses the usefulness of harm reduction strategies aimed at reducing the adverse health effects of tobacco use, including cutting down, switching to low-tar cigarettes, switching to cigars and pipes, alternative cigarettes, switching to smokeless tobacco, and switching to pharmaceutical nicotine products. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Drug use and harm reduction
Examine how drug use can affect a person's general health and weaken the immune system. Describes cleaning procedures for those sharing needles, in order to reduce the chances of HIV transmission. (See Details)
Backgrounder on harm reduction
Defines harm reduction and discussion the benefits of working with this approach in mind. Highlights some of the challenges of harm reduction. (See Details)
Published: 1999
Mothering and substance use: approaches to prevention, harm reduction and treatment

Provides discussion guide to stimulate further conversation on addressing the needs of pregnant women and mothers in substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, service system planning, and policy making. Developed from the work of the Community of Practice (vCoP) that served as a mechanism for “gendering” the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

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Published: 2010
Reduction in overdose mortality after the opening of North America's first medically supervised safer injecting facility: a retrospective population-based study (Summary)

Research study of Insite, a safe injection site in downtown Vancouver, where intravenous drug users are supervised by medical staff. Found Insite is saving lives, as fatal overdoses have dropped by 35 per cent since the site opened two years ago, compared with the decrease of 9 percent of overdose deaths in the rest of the city. In The Lancet - 18 April 2011, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62353-7

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Published: 18 April 2011
Methadone in pregnancy: a review of the literature: women's health: practice and policy series

A review of the literature on methadone use in pregnancy, and a risk/benefit analysis of its usage.

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Published: 2008