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Sounding the Alarm: A Harm Reduction Symposium-FR and SJ

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Feb 23, 2018

Category: News and Notices

We are pleased to announce Sounding the Alarm: A Harm Reduction Symposium will be held in Saint John on March 23 and 24. This event has been organized by a multi-disciplinary planning committee from across southern New Brunswick in response to the crisis with use of opioid drugs currently present in many parts of Canada. 

This symposium brings experts from across the country to speak about the crisis and the goal of the symposium is three-fold:

  • To raise awareness among the general public, administrators, and policy makers with regards to harm reduction as a means of managing people and communities in crisis;
  • To address deficiencies in education amongst healthcare practitioners and service providers; and,
  • To enhance inter-professional care initiatives around the management of substance use.

The symposium will feature Dr. Marilou Gagnon, founder of the Coalition of Nurses and Nursing Students for Supervised Injection Services, and Donald MacPherson, one of Canada’s leading figures and advocates in drug policy.  This event starts with a gala evening on Friday, March 23, that will be opened with New Brunswick’s Minister of Health, Benoit Bourque, and Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russell.  On Saturday, March 24, the Learning Symposium will have an extensive list of speakers that includes persons directly affected by the opioid crisis, frontline healthcare providers and community agencies who are involved in harm reduction initiatives in the province.

Each event can be registered for separately in EventBrite at Gala Evening (free) and Learning Symposium ($25 registration fee).  Full program information is available at either link.

UNB is a proud sponsor of this event. 

Article Contact Information

Contact: Daniel A. Nagel

Email Address: dan.nagel@unb.ca