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Creating Vectors of Disease Prevention: Empowering Drug Users

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Author(s): 
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
Agency: 
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
38
Summary: 
Describes VANDU and the National Capacity Building Project it undertook in 2003-4 to meet with and build capacity of people who use drugs in thirteen Canadian cities. VANDU members also met with AIDS service organizations and other groups that provide support to injection drug users and crack smokers. Concludes that the project was successful, that much was learned about the conditions drug users face across Canada, and that user-run drug user groups are very much needed for active political lobbying for harm reduction initiatives and ends with a series of recommendations to Health Canada.
Keywords: 
drug use; injection drug use; drug-related crime; low income housing; SRO; health; harm reduction; drug addiction; legal drug maintenance; communicable disease; peer support; All Nations Hope; Cactus Montr

Health Minister's Indecision on Insite Ignores Scientific Evidence: Federal Government Playing Politics with People's Lives

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Author(s): 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Agency: 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Date: 
2006-09-02
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
Press release containing statements by a group of national HIV/AIDS organizations against federal Health Minister Tony Clement's announcement to defer a decision on whether to extend Insite's trial period to December 2007, claiming more research is needed. The organizations argue that the research has already proven that Insite has lowered rates of HIV, HCV, mortality, and syringe sharing, and that the program increases the likelihood that drug users will move on to addiction treatment services. The federal government's stalling tactics are motivated by political ideology rather than sound policy making that is in the public interest.
Keywords: 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Insite; safe injection site; HIV/AIDS; harm reduction; risk reduction; Hepatitis C; HCV; Hep C; Vancouver; DTES; Downtown Eastside; supervised injection site; drug users; injection drug users

Response to the Open Letter to the Mayor from various Gastown, Strathcona and Chinatown Groups

Publication type: 
Media Release
Author(s): 
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
Agency: 
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
Date: 
1998-05-27
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
This response to an open letter to the mayor issued by various Gastown, Strathcona, and Chinatown groups disputes their allegation that resources for people who use drugs "assist or facilitate the use of drugs" in the Downtown Eastside. Describes the lack of resources available to drug users and offers recommendations within the framework of harm reduction and calls for a dialogue in good faith between Gastown, Strathcona and Chinatown groups, drug users, service providers and police.
Keywords: 
drug use; injection drug use; drug-related crime; low income housing; SRO; health; harm reduction; drug addiction; legal drug maintenance; welfare cuts; sex trade

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