COMMUNITY REPORT AVAILABLE – “INCREASING SERVICES, REDUCING HARMS: RESULTS FROM A COMMUNITY-BASED STUDY IN NOVA SCOTIA”

Dr. Lois Jackson, Diane Bailey, Dr. Margaret Dechman, Christine Porter, and the other members of the CBR team* are working on the final KTE phase of the small-scale, one-year study titled, “Additional harm reduction services in two sites in Nova Scotia: An exploration of advantages, community interest and methods of delivery.”  As mentioned in a previous blogpost, this community-based study was funded through REACH 2.0, and is aimed at gaining some understanding of what people who use substances (PWUS) and local key informants think about implementing additional harm reduction services – e.g. safer consumption sites, peer-staffed detox programs, peer-led navigation programs, additional free needle distribution and disposal programs, and no-cost naloxone program – in their communities of Halifax and Sydney. Questionnaires and key informant interviews asked about the advantages of each of the additional harm reduction services; the implementation climate (e.g. support for implementing the additional harm reduction services); and how to adapt additional harm reduction services to meet local needs (e.g. how and where should the services best be delivered).

Based on the results of the 160 questionnaires completed by PWUS and the 11 key informant interviews with public sector and NGO employees, the KTE phase has to date included community workshops, a poster presentation at a national harm reduction conference, and the community report, “Increasing services, reducing harms: Results from a community-based study in Nova Scotia.”  Among other findings, the report highlights the need for more education about the benefits of harm reduction services, as well as harm reduction champions, particularly within the business community and among politicians.

Other KTE products are currently in development. For more information about this project, please see the AIRN website or contact Dr. Lois Jackson or Holly Mathias at lois.jackson@dal.ca or holly.mathias@dal.ca.

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* L. Jackson1, D. Bailey2; M. Dechman3, C. Porter4,J. Gahagan5, J. Karabanow6, S. MacKenzie7, M. Proctor-Simms8, N. Tousenard9

1 School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, 2Mainline Needle Exchange, Halifax, NS, 3 University of Cape Breton, 4Sharp Advice Needle Exchange, Cape Breton, 5 School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, 6 School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, 7 Nova Scotia Health Authority, 8 NS Advisory Commission on AIDS, 9 Halifax Area Network of Drug Using People

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