The ever-changing narrative: Supervised injection site policy making in Ontario, Canada

Background: We analyze the ongoing debate surrounding supervised injection sites in Ontario, Canada and changing policies that impact host communities. Despite a plethora of evidence proving the effectiveness of supervised injection sites on harm reduction strategy, the topic remains highly controversial with constantly changing rhetoric in the Ontario drug policy landscape. Methods: We reviewed government reports, policies, […]

Young peoples’ perspectives on the role of harm reduction techniques in the management of their self-harm: A qualitative study

Objective Self-harm is a common phenomenon amongst young people, often used to regulate emotional distress. Over the last decade harm reduction approaches to self-harm have been introduced as a means to minimize risk and reinforce alternative coping strategies. However, there is a stark absence of research into the perceived usefulness of such techniques amongst adolescents, […]

Experiences of harm reduction service providers during dual public health emergencies in Canada

Harm reduction is a critical piece of the continuum of care for those experiencing harms related to substance use. This report is intended for ministers of health,  chief public health officers, individuals working in health policy and system planning, and decision makers from municipal to federal levels. It provides them with an understanding of how […]

The Tool for Evaluating Media Portrayals of Suicide (TEMPOS): Development and application of a novel rating scale to reduce suicide contagion

Research suggests that media adherence to suicide reporting recommendations in the aftermath of a highly publicized suicide event can help reduce the risk of imitative behavior, yet there exists no standardized tool for assessing adherence to these standards. The Tool for Evaluating Media Portrayals of Suicide (TEMPOS) allows media professionals, researchers, and suicide prevention experts […]

‘It’s really about wellbeing’: A Canadian investigation of harm reduction as a bridge between mental health and addiction recovery

Recovery is a key concept driving system transformation in both the addiction and mental health sectors, with shared roots in advocacy and a shared focus on hope in the face of stigma, self-determination and meaningful lives. Nevertheless, while mental health recovery is possible even with on-going symptoms, addiction recovery generally starts with or leads to […]

“These things don’t work.” Young people’s views on harm minimization strategies as a proxy for self-harm: A mixed methods approach

Although UK clinical guidelines make tentative recommendations for “harm minimization” strategies for repeated self-harm, this is in the absence of empirical evidence supporting their acceptability or effectiveness. We explore young people’s views of harm minimization strategies (e.g., snapping elastic bands on skin, drawing on skin with red ink), as a proxy for self-harm. In this […]

Proceedings from the medical summit on firearm injury prevention: A public health approach to reduce death and disability in the US

An historic meeting of 43 major medical and injury prevention organizations and the American Bar Association (ABA) was hosted by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), February 10-11, 2019. Leaders of these professional organizations met with the goal of building consensus around opportunities to work together to address the growing problem of firearm injury and […]

Reducing youth firearm suicide risk: Evidence for opportunities.

Adolescent suicide by firearm imposes devastating losses to families and society, killing more than 1000 10- to 19-year-old children and adolescents annually in the United States. Youth suicide rates between 1999 and 2014 have tripled for 10- to 14-year-olds and increased by 50% for 15- to 24-year-old youth.1 This preventable injury is still a leading cause […]