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Narratives of Hope: Challenging Stigma & Raising Awareness on Substance Use

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Debate's Room (2034)

7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3

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Substance use disorders (SUDs) are often perceived as the result of voluntary, immoral behavior rather than a chronic, complex health disorder that can be prevented and treated. Stigma and shame associated with SUDs can create a culture of blame and prevent individuals from accessing quality care, further marginalizing this vulnerable population. Changing the narrative associated with SUDs is a necessary first step towards reshaping harmful power dynamics and replacing judgement with empathy, compassion and community support. This year, the University of Toronto Chapter for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (UTIHI) is taking part in a campaign to do just that. Our vision is to highlight concepts critical to tackling stigma, empower diverse stakeholders at the center of the epidemic and recognize promising initiatives designed to support the community. Our main goal is to humanize individuals suffering from substance use disorders by committing to reducing health inequities and raising awareness.

Join us on January 28th, 2019, for an exciting minisymposium exploring three unique perspectives on the current substance use epidemic. Our panel of professionals will challenge current misconceptions and examine the epidemic from a healthcare, industry and patient lens. We will explore the role of harm reduction policy, how healthcare design is implemented in relation to SUDs and effects on family and supportive systems. The panel will conclude with a Q&A period. Panelists include:

  1. Leigh Chapman, RN, PhD Candidate, harm reduction activist, co-founder of the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (@TorontoOPS)

  2. Kate Sellen, PhD, Associate Professor at OCAD University, SOONER (Surviving Overdose through Naloxone Education and Research) Project Lead

  3. Sydney Graham, Engagement Specialist and Educator, Families for Addiction and Recovery

  4. Frank Crichlow, Harm reduction worker for COUNTERfit program and safe consumption service (keepSIX) at South Riverdale Community Health Centre. Member of the Stigma & Discrimination Group, the Strategic Implementation Panel, the Drug Policy Committee of the Toronto Drug Strategy and the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism committee. He is also the Chair of the Toronto Drug Users Union, a member of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance and on the Board of the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs

Following the panel, attendees will move into an art/story exhibit that highlights community voices impacted by substance use.

Raffle tickets can be bought during the event for a chance to win exciting prizes. All proceeds will go towards the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society!

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7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3

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