Harm Reduction and Interdisciplinary HealthCare: North Americas First Safe Injection Site

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The author is suggesting that an interdisciplinary approach is a requirement when dealing with harm reduction strategies related to substance misuse and mental health issues. The literature reporting on “safe injection sites” clearly demonstrates the need for evidence-based interdisciplinary modalities when attempting to reduce harm to individuals and society. Furthermore, interdisciplinary education, best practice guidelines and teamwork should be the driving forces when developing strategies and models of care, rather than ideology, politics, myths and hearsay.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary, Harm Reduction, Substance Misuse, Safe Injection Sites
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Harm Reduction and Interdisciplinary HealthCare

Harald Urstad

Lecturer, Department of Social Services, The University College of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Harald Urstad is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and has worked as a researcher, clinician, administrator and best practice consultant in mental health and substance misuse services in both Canada and Norway. Apart from consulting work, he continues to teach in the Substance Abuse Program at the University College of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

Ref: I08P0455