NAOMI RESEARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
08 November · 19:00 – 20:30
World Art Centre, 2nd Floor, SFU Woodward’s Campus, 149 West Hastings, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
NAOMI HEROIN ASSISTED TREATMENT RESARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
In January 2011, Dave Murray organized a group of participants from the NAOMI heroin assisted treatment research study in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
The NAOMI Patients Association (NPA) meets every Saturday at Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Shortly after NPA began to meet, they decided to work towards conducting their own research about their experiences as NAOMI research subjects. They were particularly interested in recording their experiences during and following NAOMI and making recommendations for future heroin and drug substitution research experiments and programs.
Being the only contemporary “research participants” in North America to receive heroin maintenance, they believe that they have unique knowledge about the NAOMI projectand its impact on the lives of those addicted.
The recommendations for future projects and programs are drawn from lived experiences.
The following presentation draws from these focus groups and NPA meetings.
Chair: Donald MacPherson, Director of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, former City of Vancouver Drug Policy Coordinator
Dave Murray, founder of NPA
Dianne Tobin, Vice-President of VANDU and member of NPA
Jewl Chapman, Member of VANDU and NPA
Susan Boyd, Professor, University of Victory, drug policy researcher
“Do you drink Alcohol that is not bought at a liquor store? ( mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, swabs, Lysol)
A Drinkers’ Meeting is on Monday at VANDU
380 East Hastings
A UBC researcher will take anonymous notes during the meeting.
VANDU Protest and Vigil commemorated 40 years of injustice & deaths through Drug Wars Misery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Friday June 17, 2011
VANDU’s action in solidarity with the Students for Sensible Drug Policy who held candlelight vigils across North America to demand an end to the “drug war” declared by Richard Nixon on June 17 1971.
Forty years ago today, Nixon publicly declared war on drugs. Since then, the US federal government has wasted over $1 trillion ruining peoples’ lives and putting tens of millions of nonviolent citizens in jail. Canada is now mimicking US policy.
Tonight, more than 500,000 people across the US will have to sleep behind bars for violating a nonviolent drug offense. That’s more than all of western Europe locks up for ALL offenses. This disgrace is a fiscal and moral nightmare for all of us who care about freedom, responsibility and accountable government. Think about this: locking up one inmate costs about $30,000 per year in the US and $320/day in Canada– way more than is costs to go to college.
We’re fed up with these disastrous policies – Our governments MUST finally end this shockingly wasteful, counterproductive war.
VANDU is a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who use illegal drugs through user based peer support and education