About the conference
April 8, 2022
Designed for anyone involved in the care and support of people who use opioids, the conference provided the opportunity to learn about and discuss topics related to opioid use practices, policies, treatments and harm reduction. Health care professionals, people with lived and living experience, family members, researchers, policymakers and educators engaged in a broad range of topics including transitions in care, lessons from COVID-19 and other major disruptions, the drug poisoning crisis, integration of care, safer supply initiatives, stigma and opioid use lessons from other countries around opioid use. The conference also provided a networking opportunity with others in the field of opioid use and treatment.
Short biographies of our presenters are available.
- Welcome, Introductions and Panel: Opiates to Advocacy: A panel with people with lived and living expertise
Welcome and Introductions: Dr. Sanjeev Socklingham, VP of Education, CAMH; Dr. Leslie Buckley, Addictions Chief, CAMH; Dr. Abimanyu Sud; Karan Cheema.
Panel members: Ashley Smoke, Alexandra de Kiewitt, Michael Nurse.
- Keynote Address: The Customer is Always Wrong: Medical models for people with addictions
Abhimanyu Sud, Jason Mercredi
- Patterns of Medication and Health Care Use Among People who Died of an Opioid-Related Toxicity During the Covid-19 Pandemic in Ontario
Alexxa Abi-Jaoude, Jes Besharah, Tara Gomes
- Beyond Stigma: The unseen stigma of opioid use disorder in care and how we can fix it
Andrew Johnson, Kirsten Dixon, Sean LeBlanc
- Implementing the Victoria SAFER Initiative
Corey Ranger, Karan Cheema
- Methadone in the Time of Fentanyl: It’s not just about the dose
Andrew McLeod, Jennifer Wyman, Karan Cheema
- Making my Clinic a Better Place
Alexander Caudarella, Karan Cheema
- Lessons from Abroad: Opioid Use Care in France and Australia (panel)
Julie Dupouy, Kellia Chiu, Lara Nicon, Nicholas Clark
- Key Findings from the Preliminary Evaluation of the Safer Opioid Supply Program at the London Intercommunity Health
Abhimanyu Sud, Gillian Kolla
- Zooming in to Capture the Big Picture in Transitions of Care
Amy Yang, Narges Beyraghi, Teresa Vandepost, Tianna Costa
- Improving Access to OUD Treatment in Community Withdrawal Management Services: A Highlight of META:PHI’s WMS Recommendations and Manual
Karan Cheema, Katie Dunham
- Far From a “White Problem:” Addressing the Surging Overdose Crisis as a Racial Justice Issue
Abhimanyu Sud, Joseph Friedman
- The Role of Treatment in Addressing the Opioid Crisis: an effective yet overlooked part of the continuum of care
Farihah Ali, Peter Selby, Lesley Buckley, Sean LeBlanc, Matthew Bonn
- Structural Violence and Overdose Deaths: Building anti-oppressive clinical practices to support people who use drugs
Gillian Kolla, Nanky Rai