An Environmental Scan of Social Work’s Regulatory Response to the Overdose Crisis in Canada

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2019-04-21

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Kennedy, Jessica
Wallace, Bruce

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Canada is facing an illicit drug overdose crisis that has been getting dramatically worse over the past few years. Social workers are front-line responders to this crisis and are often employed by organizations that utilize harm reduction strategies. The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) advocates for a public health approach to illicit drug use that includes decriminalization. The purpose of this research project is to understand how social work’s regulatory organizations are responding to the overdose crisis in Canada and what we can learn to inform future responses.

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social work, Canada, overdose, naloxone, harm reduction, opioid

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