As many Canadians continue to lose their lives to opioid poisonings, understanding how to prevent these tragic and preventable deaths is essential. The opioid poisoning crisis has been called a “men’s health crisis”. Policy, research and the media have not focused on women’s needs, even though women who use drugs are exposed to greater risks and harms compared to men, including gender-based discrimination, aggression and violence.
That is why CMHA undertook research to better understand how – and if – services and supports for women who use drugs are working. To do this, we asked women who use these services as well as the staff members who provide them.
Read the study here.