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An Infosheet for Service Providers: Findings from the Life Story Board Study

From September 2016-February 2017, PROUD Peer Research Associates gave presentations to health professionals and other staff at three Community Health Centres and three other community organizations that provide services or supports to people who use drugs.



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PROUD presents Experts-by-experience: A community colloquium

June 6, 2016 event poster - final

PROUD is hosting an event on June 6, from 1:00 pm – 3:30, at the St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, located at 310 St. Patrick St (entrance on Cumberland St). Some refreshments and snacks will be provided. The event will be held in English.

Here are some details regarding the event:

  • Peer researchers will share recent findings stemming from the Life Story Board study, which was conducted at the SHCHC, CTCHC and SWCHC in the summer of 2015;
  • Youth from the community will give a presentation on their experiences of drug use and HIV and Hepatitis C prevention needs;
  • Rob Boyd, from Oasis at the SHCHC, will give a summary of the recent round of public consultations and update the community regarding SIS in Ottawa;
  • There will be a community consultation in order to identify current community research priorities.
    Please circulate this message widely in your networks. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please send an email to

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Heroin antidote Narcan as a nasal spray gets clearance from US regulators

Photograph: Matthew Rakola/Adapt Pharma

Photograph: Matthew Rakola/Adapt Pharma

FDA approval for new version of product, based on the drug naloxone, which Irish maker says is cheaper and easier to use than injections

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use version of the lifesaving drug that reverses heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses.

The reformulated drug, sold as Narcan, comes as a nasal spray and should help first responders, police and others deliver the antidote in emergency situations. Known generically as naloxone, it reverses the effects of opioids — drugs that include legal painkillers such as oxycodone and illegal narcotics such as heroin.

I don’t want heroin to kill my son. So I taught my 8-year-old to give the antidote
Jennifer Stepp
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Government officials from the White House to the local level have called prescription opioid abuse a “national crisis” in the US, tied to more than 16,000 deaths in 2013. Another 8,000 additional deaths involved heroin, which many addicts switch to after becoming addicted to more expensive legal drugs.

Increasing access to naloxone has become a key tool in efforts to curb overdoses.

Officials across the country have begun handing out the drug to police, drug users and families of addicts, though the increased demand has driven up prices from the handful of companies that offer it.

The nasal spray from Adapt Pharma has the potential to help lower prices.

The Irish company has said it will price Narcan at $37.50 per dose for all government, community and educational organizations, including law enforcement, fire departments and schools – compared with prices ranging from $75 to $100 for existing injectable versions of the drug, though many buyers negotiate discounts.

“We want to have broad access across the US,” said Seamus Mulligan, Adapt’s founder and chief executive. “That’s the approach we’re taking in terms of pricing and transparency.”

Some first responders already convert naloxone injections into a nasal spray using nozzles and other equipment. But Mulligan says his company’s spray container delivers the same dose of the drug with a fraction of the liquid used in injections.

“It’s ready to use, it’s simple, it’s just one push and you’ve delivered your therapeutic dose,” Mulligan said.

Narcan will be available nationwide at pharmacy chains, mainly with a prescription from a health care professional. Fifteen states allow the drug to be sold without a prescription, including California, New Jersey and Utah.

Associated Press via The Guardian
Thursday 19 November, 2015

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PROUD OUT LOUD June 2014 – The Law and Criminalization


Version 2 – UPDATED July 31, 2014

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PROUD Forum – June 24

June 24 Forum Poster

June 24 Forum Poster

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June 18, 2014 · 5:00 pm

Support Don’t Punish Posters

Here is a blank template, and some example posters you can put up on June 26 to support the international Support Don’t Punish campaign. Feel free to make you own posters with the messags that are important to you. More information about the campaign is at

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