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Narratives of Hope: Stigma & Substance Use Disorders Mini-Symposium

Substance use disorders and the growing rate of opioid poisonings in the province have coupled to create a disastrous situation. Negative stigma towards substance users further compounds the problem. What will help is an adjustment on how we as a society perceive substance use disorder—not as a moral failing, but rather as a chronic, complex health disorder that can be prevented and treated.

On January 28th, UofT Institute for Healthcare Improvement is hosting an exciting mini-symposium exploring three unique perspectives on the current substance use epidemic. A panel of professionals will challenge current misconceptions and examine the epidemic from a healthcare, industry and patient lens. They will explore the role of the harm-reduction policy, how healthcare design is implemented in relation to SUDs and effects on family and support systems. The panel will conclude with a Q&A period. Panellists include:

  • Leigh Chapman, RN, PhD Candidate, harm-reduction activist, co-founder of the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (@TorontoOPS)
  • Kate Sellen, PhD, Associate Professor at OCAD University, SOONER (Surviving Overdose through Naloxone Education and Research) Project Lead
  • Sydney Graham, Engagement Specialist and Educator, Families for Addiction and Recovery

This event will take place in the Debate’s Room (2034) at 7 Hart House Circle on January 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. Get your ticket here.

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