Search Resources (English): Harm reduction

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Methadone maintenance treatment

Discusses how methadone maintenance treatments work for opiod dependence, as well as the benefits and effectiveness.

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Published: 2002
Literature review: methadone maintenance treatment

Provides an overview of the evidence on the effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Focuses on the overall effectiveness of MMT, as well as factors that influence the effectiveness, namely individual and programmatic factors, program development and design, program policies, and program team and environment.

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Published: 2002
Best practices: methadone maintenance treatment

Provides information on evidence-based best practices in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), and the key components of comprehensive MMT programs.

Published: 2002
Backgrounder on harm reduction
Defines harm reduction and discussion the benefits of working with this approach in mind. Highlights some of the challenges of harm reduction. (See Details)
Published: 1999
Keepers of the earth: women, health and HIV/AIDS
Presents a training package, that includes a manual, video, public service announcement and training workshop. Provides information to help enhance community health representatives' capacities in HIV/AIDS prevention and incommunity education with women, emphasizing culturally-appropriate models of healthy sexuality and the reduction of high risk behaviours. Also addresses the multiple and specific needs of First Nations and Inuit women living with HIV/AIDS or who are caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Published: 1999
ABC of smoking cessation: harm reduction
Examines and discusses the usefulness of harm reduction strategies aimed at reducing the adverse health effects of tobacco use, including cutting down, switching to low-tar cigarettes, switching to cigars and pipes, alternative cigarettes, switching to smokeless tobacco, and switching to pharmaceutical nicotine products. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Drug use and harm reduction
Examine how drug use can affect a person's general health and weaken the immune system. Describes cleaning procedures for those sharing needles, in order to reduce the chances of HIV transmission. (See Details)
Methadone in pregnancy: a review of the literature: women's health: practice and policy series

A review of the literature on methadone use in pregnancy, and a risk/benefit analysis of its usage.

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Published: 2008
The Journey to Compassionate Care : One woman’s experience with early harm-reduction programs in BC

Discusses the creation of one of the first woman-centred, harm-reduction programs for women from the downtown eastside of Vancouver. Also discusses harm reduction and pre-and post-natal care, as well as improving maternal outcomes through harm-reduction programs.

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Published: Fall/Winter 2007
Young women and alcohol abuse: a look at trends, consequences, influences and prevention approaches

This article is adapted from Girl-Centred Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment and Heavy Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women: Highlights of Findings from Literature Review and Web Search. It illustrates how increasing attention is being brought to the issue of substance use by girls and young women, and the associated health and social consequences of heavy drinking, smoking cigarettes, as well as the use of both licit and illicit substances. Local, national, and international data now show that the gender gap in substance use is closing.

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Published: Spring/Summer 2010