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Welcome to our Knowledge and Resources section. Here we have gathered various resources including videos, documents, website links and other materials. You can search by topic, population, and/or type of resource, by using the drop down menus below, and then clicking “filter”.

We have highlighted what we consider to be “fundamental resources” for the topics and populations – these are selected with a coloured bar. If you want to understand the basics for particular areas, we suggest starting with these.

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Fundamental Resources

AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

The AIDS Bureau provides specific information and resources on the situation in Ontario for human service providers.

Ontario’s co-ordinated response to HIV/AIDS includes policy development and program delivery. The province spends approximately $55 million a year on HIV/AIDS-related initiatives. This does not include physician billings to OHIP or HIV/AIDS drugs.

The Ontario government provides funding for more than 90 programs and services across the province to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support programs for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and those most at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

The Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program provides harm reduction materials, as well as knowledge and support, to Ontario’s needle exchange and harm reduction programs.

Support Don’t Punish: Experiences of community advocacy and harm reduction programmes

The new SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH. report provides a snapshot of field experiences around increasing access to voluntary, human rights-based harm reduction in challenging environments in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malaysia.

What is the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign?

Support. Don’t Punish. is a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms caused by the criminalisation of people who use drugs. Its aims to:

1. Change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions for people who use drugs.
2. Raise awareness about the need to stop criminalising (‘punishing’) people for using drugs.
3. Raise awareness about the need for greater funding and attention for essential health services and other ‘support’ for people who use drugs.
4. Promote respect for the human rights of people who use drugs.
5. Engender public support for drug reform.

Support. Don’t Punish. has been conceived by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Drug Policy Consortium, Harm Reduction International, and the International Network of People Who Use Drugs. It comprises an independent campaign brand and website for people to support, an Interactive Photo Project via social media, events at key international conferences and policy meetings, reports and videos, and a Global Day of Action on the 26th June (the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking). The campaign statement was released in March 2012 at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and can be found on page 3 of this report.

For more information about the campaign, the Interactive Photo Project and the Global Day of Action, please visit www.supportdontpunish.org.Support_Dont_Punish_REPORT_FINAL_07.06_.13_.pdf

Count the Costs briefing on alternatives to the war on drugs

For over 50 years the war on drugs has dominated drug policy. As detailed elsewhere on this website (http://www.countthecosts.org), this punitive approach has failed to achieve its stated goals, instead generating huge costs. This Count the Costs briefing outlines possible alternatives to the disastrous war on drugs.

The drug war undermines public health and human rights, creates crime, fuels stigma and discrimination, damages the environment, and creates obstacles to development and security – all at huge financial expense. The need to meaningfully explore alternative approaches is therefore not only rational, but an urgent necessity.

This need is now being acknowledged at the highest levels. Where once global leaders were silent on the need to look at alternatives, they are now speaking out. In August 2012, three incumbent presidents – of Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala – took their call to explore alternative approaches to the United Nations, the very institution that enforces the global war on drugs.

There are a range of alternative policy models available, from increasingly punitive “zero-tolerance” enforcement, through various harm reduction strategies and options for decriminalisation of possession and use, to models for the legal regulation of drug production and supply. While some of these have been explored, others remain largely speculative, but clearly different policy models will be needed to address the challenges of different drugs, populations and environments.

The Count the Costs initiative is not prescriptive about which approach, or combination of approaches, will work best in any given scenario. Rather, as a group of individuals and NGOs with shared concerns around the failings of the war on drugs, it seeks to encourage a meaningful exploration of the options, informed by the best possible evidence and analysis.Count_the_Costs_The_War_on_Drugs_Options_and_Alternatives.pdf

The second edition of the Alternative World Drug Report fills this gap by detailing the full range of negative impacts caused by the drug war. It demonstrates that the current approach is creating crime, harming health, and fatally undermining all “three pillars” of the UN’s work – peace and security, development, and human rights.

The stark failure of the current system has meant that alternative drug policy approaches are a growing reality. This report therefore explores a range of options for reform, including decriminalisation and legal regulation, that could deliver better outcomes,.

The global prohibitionist consensus has broken, and cannot be fixed. This Alternative World Drug Report is intended to help policymakers shape what succeeds it.

A summary of the health harms of drugs

A reference document summarizing, for a non-medical audience, the latest scientific evidence about the health-related harms of emerging and established licit and illicit drugs commonly used in the UK.

Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders

Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders examines the latest evidence on the complex interconnection between addiction and mental illness, and identifies important areas that require action if we are to improve client care and patient outcomes.

Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs

The federation brings together community mental health and addiction services in the province of Ontario to help members provide effective, high-quality services through information sharing, education, advocacy and unified effort.

Positive Voices - Leading Together

Positive Voices Leading Together is a feature-length documentary co-produced by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and diRtywRap pRoductions. Set in the context of the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, it guides viewers through the personal experiences of five local community leaders (Lisungu Chieza, Brian Finch, Marco Gomes, Colleen Price and Art Zoccole) living with HIV. Through the lives of those profiled, the documentary highlights the evolving nature of HIV/AIDS, the challenges faced by different communities, the impact of social determinants of health, and what is possible when people living with HIV speak out.

Positive Voices Leading Together is a useful educational and planning tool for a number of different contexts. It can used to stimulate discussion and planning in AIDS service or community development organizations; it can be used in training programs for volunteers or other service providers; it can be used as part of outreach efforts, or in classroom settings to raise awareness and guide discussion around both HIV and social determinants of health.

Click the “Video” icon to watch the full documentary, or order the video by visiting here.

Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network

OMHAKEN is a knowledge exchange network initially established to support the research of the System Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI).

While SEEI was the initial impetus for the creation of OMHAKEN, it was always envisioned as a network that would outlive SEEI, and continue on as a mechanism for interaction between mental health and addiction researchers and research stakeholders across the province of Ontario.

OMHAKEN’s goal is to create and share knowledge about services and supports to build a better mental health and addictions system.

OMHAKEN works to improve the quality of mental health and addictions services, supports, research and policy by linking and engaging providers, planners, researchers, decision-makers, policy-makers, consumers and families in knowledge creation and exchange across all levels of government and the health care system.

OMHAKEN bridges the worlds of service provision, planning, policy and research through initiatives such as:

knowledge exchange meetings,
training and education related to knowledge exchange, and,
a website for communication purposes.

The network has been built from the ground-up, starting with the identification of knowledge exchange leads from each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) mental health and addiction planning group. The leads are connected to the Coordinating Centre, located at the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, CAMH, and to each other for the broad purpose of knowledge exchange.

Existing and new networks are linked in to OMHAKEN, resulting in a broad network of mental health and addictions stakeholders from across the province using a “network of networks” approach.

Connex Ontario

ConnexOntario Health Services Information is a corporation operating the services below. We exist to improve access to alcohol and drug, gambling and mental health services for the people of Ontario. We also support the development of an efficient and accountable service system by providing planning information to system managers and stewards. ConnexOntario is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment (DART) provides information and referral to alcohol and drug treatment services in Ontario.
When you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem it can be hard to know what to do. Call us. We can provide you with information 24/7 about alcohol or drug treatment services that will assist you.

The Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline (OPGH) is a province-wide information and referral service with interpretation available in more than 140 languages.

If Gambling is affecting your life, calling the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline can be the first step towards a solution. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or click the link below to visit our website.

Mental Health Service Information (MHSIO) provides comprehensive information about mental health services and supports across Ontario.
Call us 24/7 and a professional Information and Referral Specialist will be happy to help you. Start by getting clear information about mental health services and supports that will assist you or someone you care about to get help. Your call is free, confidential and anonymous.

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