Archive for the ‘drug use’ Category

HIV Community Link is committed to supporting harm reduction, and with summertime in full swing, the Calgary Folk Festival, as well as Calgary Pride just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to share information about staying safe during this season of festivals, events, parties, and patios. With an understanding that for many people, drugs […]

HIV Community Link is committed to working from a harm reduction perspective in all our support, education, and advocacy programs. The concept of harm reduction is applicable to our work in reducing the risks of HIV and hepatitis C infection, as well as our work in preventing opioid overdose deaths, and reducing risks associated with […]

Naloxone and Overdose Prevention

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In the face of the fentanyl crisis in Alberta, naloxone is a new weapon to fight back. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist; this means that it blocks opioid receptors. Naloxone has no potential for misuse. Naloxone only works on opioids, meaning that if a person is not taking any opioids and gets injected with naloxone, nothing will happen.

13th Annual Harm Reduction Conference

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This year we are so excited that Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D., Dr. Carl Hart and Donald MacPherson will be joining us as plenary speakers and we can’t wait to see who else! The call for abstracts for anyone interested in presenting has gone out and anyone wishing to submit an abstract related to policy, practice or research should do so by February 9, 2015!! The more the better!!

As I sit and listen to Robert speak about his experience in treatment, I am amazed at his resilience and will power to continue on. Robert cleared the virus after his 3rd week of treatment, or third shot of Peg-interferon, a drug that is helping his body fight the replication of the virus, and is now in his 22nd week of a 24 week treatment process.

PrEP

Monday, August 18, 2014

PrEP

Learn this word. It’s going to be a game changer. Keeee—POW!!!!! Outta the park.

I’m sure many of you have seen the recent news articles about Vancouver’s crack pipe vending machines. These polka dot machines have been around for over a year but only now are they being publicized and ill received by the media. Where do these negative feelings come from? Why the fear in harm reduction efforts? […]

Keep Calm and Carry Naloxone

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Recent media reports highlight new research calling for increased access to naloxone as a safe, effective and evidence-based public health strategy.  Distribution of naloxone, often referred to by the brand name Narcan, has been described as a cost-effective method to “cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half” while reducing long-term public health spending […]