PI: Jade Boyd (BC Centre on Substance Use, BC)

Leadership Group:
BC representatives:
Hugh Lampkin (VANDU), Loretta Brown (VANDU); Alex  Sherstobitoff (ANKORS); Garth Mullins & Dean Wilson (BCCSU);
Prairie representatives: Monty Ghosh (Alberta Health Services), Karen Turner (Boyle Street Community Services), Dawn Lavand (Manitoba Harm Reduction Network), Brandi Abele (CAPUD);
Ontario representatives: Frank Crichlow (Counterfit Harm Reduction), Sean LeBlanc (Ottawa Inner City Health),
Quebec-Atlantic representatives: Susan Kirkland (Dalhousie University); Alexandra deKiewit (CAPUD), Jennifer Bowser & Julien Carette (Handup)

Objectives
This initiative aims to facilitate the engagement of people with lived experience (PWLE) throughout Canada by enhancing national peer networks. Participants engage in implementation science projects and identify advocacy priorities to converge on a national set of actions to address the opioid crisis.

Project Components

Participate and Consult in the Other CRISM EHT Projects:

Develop working groups that participate in the other projects (ongoing)

Develop an Understanding of PWLE Experiences of Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT/iOAT)

A working group of PWLE define the research questions (e.g. compare success rates of different treatments, explore harms related to methadone and polysubstance use, consequences of criminalization and stigma on treatment)

Explore the Limitations of Being Employed as a PWLE in Harm Reduction or Other Health Services

Review existing literature and identify gaps