Deputation regarding Supervised Injection Services before the City of Toronto Board of Health

Deputation regarding Supervised Injection Services

City of Toronto Board of Health

Walter Cavalieri

The Canadian Harm Reduction Network

[email protected]

10 July 2013

Expanding Harm Reduction Services Through a Wound and Abscess Clinic

A wound and abscess clinic, held concurrently with a syringe exchange, provided economical treatment and aftercare for injectionassociated soft tissue infections. During 20 two-hour clinic sessions, 173 treatment episodes were logged, and the visit cost was estimated at $5 per patient. 

Increased patient–clinician interactions provided opportunities beyond those afforded by the syringe exchange for patients to obtain resources and referrals to services such as HIV counseling and testing, medical care, and drug treatment.

Harm reduction, methadone maintenance treatment and the root causes of health and social inequities: An intersectional lens in the Canadian context

Using our research findings, we explore Harm Reduction and Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) using an intersectional lens to provide a more complex understanding of Harm Reduction and MMT, particularly how Harm Reduction and MMT are experienced differently by people dependent on how they are positioned. Using the lens of intersectionality, we refine the notion of Harm Reduction by specifying the conditions in which both harm and benefit arise and how experiences of harm are continuous with wider experiences of domination and oppression.


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