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NAOMI RESEARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

NAOMI RESEARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

08 November · 19:00 – 20:30

Location

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.

Panel presenters:

Chair: Donald MacPherson, Director of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, former City of Vancouver Drug Policy Coordinator

Panel:

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

 

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