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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.


This website provides safer drug use information for people partying in Toronto’s gay nightclub and party scene. (AIDS Committee of Toronto)

L’injection de drogue et le VIH/sida au Canada : les faits

Ce feuillet d’information présente les faits connus sur le VIH/sida et l’injection de drogue au Canada.

Réseau juridique canadien VIH/sida, 2005

Injection Drug Use and HIV/AIDS in Canada: The Facts

This info sheet reviews what is known about HIV/AIDS and injection drug use in Canada.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, 2005

Canadian Harm Reduction Network

A virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing the social, health, and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies. Includes a discussion board, links to relevant articles, events, and job postings.

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