Engaging with People with Lived Experience of Substance Use

PI: Jade Boyd (BC Centre on Substance Use, BC)

Leadership Group: BC representatives: Hugh Lampkin (VANDU), Loretta Brown (VANDU); Jordan Westfall (CAPUD), Alex  Sherstobitoff (ANKORS); Prairie representatives: Monty Ghosh (Alberta Health Services), Karen Turner (Boyle Street Community Services), Dawn Lavand (Manitoba Harm Reduction Network), Brandi Abele (CAPUD); Ontario representatives: Frank Crichlow, Lisa Hawke (CAMH), Sean LeBlanc (Ottawa Inner City Health), Rick Sproule (Ottawa Inner City Health); Quebec-Atlantic representatives: Susan Kirkland (Dalhousie University); Alexandra deKiewit (CAPUD), Jennifer Bowser& Julien Carette (Handup), Natasha  Touesnard (Halifax  outreach  support)

 This initiative aims to facilitate the engagement of people who use drugs (peers) throughout Canada by enhancing national peer networks. Peers will engage in implementation science projects and identify advocacy priorities to converge on a national set of actions to address the opioid crisis. This will take place through 3 projects, as well as annual in-person meetings/conferences.

  1. Participate and consult in the other CRISM EHT projects
    1.  Develop working groups that participate in the other projects (ongoing)
  2. Develop an understanding of peer experiences of opioid agonist treatment (OAT/iOAT)
    1.  Create a working group of peers who will define the research questions o E.g., compare success rates of different treatments, explore harms related to methadone and polysubstance use, consequences of criminalization and stigma on treatment
  3. Develop methods that are appropriate to the agreed upon research questions
  4. Explore the limitations of being employed as a peer in harm reduction or other health services
    1. Review existing literature and identify gaps