Stimulus Webinars – When Harm Reduction Loses its Authenticity
October 14, 2020

Today, the term Harm Reduction is everywhere, often misunderstood and sometimes misused. Its principles and philosophy are forgotten, leaving room for a false vision of what it represents. People who use drugs and social justice are at the centre, it goes beyond risk reduction. In addition to speaking to its philosophy, principles and values, this webinar will provide insights into various practices and the creation of safe spaces for people who use drugs.



  1. Beyond the Buzzword: A Concept Analysis of Harm Reduction, 2019
  2. Harm reduction in name, but not substance: a comparative analysis of current Canadian provincial and territorial policy frameworks, July 26, 2017
  3. Beyond the Buzzword: The Evolution of Harm Reduction by Dominique Denis-Lalonde – Canadian Harm Reduction Nurses Association
  4. Harm Reduction Service Model (Victoria Safer Initiative)
  5. Crackdown
  6. Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
  7. Canadian Drug Policy Coalition – Harm Reduction 
  8. CATIE – Substance Use and Harm Reduction 
  9. Canadian Public Health Association – Can You Identify and Apply Harm Reduction Strategies
  10. Website: CRISM – CHARP Framework and CHARP Results
  11. BC Centre for Disease Control – Harm Reduction Guidelines
  12. Canadian Nurses Association – Harm Reduction
  13. Harm Reduction Nurses Association
  14. Looking for help and support concerning drug use and addiction?
  15. Read: Decriminalizing People Who Use Drugs: A Primer for Municipal and Provincial Governments, November 2020
  16. A Reflection on Sex Work and Harm Reduction Discourse, June 2020
  17. Gendering the Scene: Women, Gender-Diverse People, and Harm Reduction in Canada, May 12, 2020
  18. Indigenous Harm Reduction = Reducing the Harms of Colonialism, 2019
  19. Harm Reduction Services for Indigenous People Who Use Drugs: Questions and Answers, April 20. 2017
  20. “Nothing About Us Without Us” Greater, Meaningful Involvement of People Who Use Illegal Drugs: A Public Health, Ethical, and Human Rights Imperative, 2005
  21. Harm Reduction and Substance Use (Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care and Harm Reduction Nurses Association)

International Resources

  1. Harm Reduction International – What is Harm Reduction?
  2. International People Who Use Drugs (INPUD)
  3. International Drug Policy Consortium 
  4. National Harm Reduction Coalition – Harm Reduction Education On-Demand
  5. Harm Reduction and Women: An International Human Rights Approach
  6. Is Decriminalisation Enough? Drug User Community Voices from Portugal
  7. The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020
  8. Read: Moving Beyond ‘People-First’ Language: A glossary of contested terms in substance use
  9. Words Matter! INPUD & ANPUD Language Statement & Reference Guide
  10. World Drug Report 2020 (United Nations)
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