Data, Research, and Evidence

Mental Illness & Addiction Index
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers information about mental illness and addiction, including treatment and recovery.

Report: Substance abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders (2009)
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse describes key current substance use and mental health issues in Canada and highlight areas for action in both policy and practice

The Evidence and Exchange Network
Easy access to evidence that can be used by service providers. Explore their library of rapid reviews, webinars, and other resources related to mental health, addictions, and substance use.

Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN)
A collaboration between researchers and drug policy decision-makers across Ontario with the goal of responding rapidly to policymakers’ needs to provide timely, relevant and scientifically rigorous research.

This website offers information about the Rapid Access Addictions Medicine clinics throughout Ontario and the research being done on those. This research is called the META:PHI and their site has information on the care model, clinical addiction tools for health care providers, resources for patients, and information about rapid access addiction medicine clinics across the province

Center of Excellence of Women’s Health
Offers a series of videos and resources on Trauma, Gender, and Substance Use. The videos provide an introduction to these areas and offer examples and current resources to assist viewers in incorporating trauma-, gender-, and gender-transformative approaches into their own training, research, and practice.

The Peterborough Drug Strategy
A sister organization of the HKPR Drug Strategy, doing similar work in the City and County of Peterborough. They offer training to service providers throughout the four county area and you can see their courses here:

FAQ for Naloxone
Explains the process in which organizations and pharmacies can undergo to distribute publically funded naloxone kits (eligibility requirements); what is included in kits; and who receives and completes naloxone training
Where to get a free naloxone kit in Ontario:

Naloxone Myths and Facts resource
Developed by the Peterborough Drug Strategy and made available here

Guiding Document: Reducing Harms: Recognizing and Responding to Opioid Overdoses in Your Organization (CMHA, 2017)
CMHA Ontario has developed an opioid overdose toolkit to provide more information about opioids and naloxone access in Ontario.The document is particularly useful for community groups who work with at-risk populations, and provides contextual information about naloxone, opioids, and opioid-related harms

Guiding Document: Harm Reduction Program Enhancement Questions and Answers (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2017)
Reviews general funding and implementation information; lists types of organizations eligible to receive naloxone from PHUs; provides naloxone ordering and inventory information; and describes the role of PHUs and the Community Naloxone Distribution Program

Toolkit: Trauma Informed Practice & the Opioid Crisis: A Discussion Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers (2018)
The BC Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health compiled a toolkit for health and social on trauma informed practice and the opioid crisis. The toolkit includes gender-informed approaches to services, and links to additional information and resources related to trauma-informed practice and opioids with a focus on British Columbia.

Report: Opioid Use and Related Adverse Events in Ontario (2016)
The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network developed a report describing the trends in publically funded opioid prescribing, hospital/ED visits, and opioid-related deaths in Ontario, as well as by LHIN and county

Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Ontario
Public Health Ontario provides updated data on opioid-related morbidity and mortality trends in Ontario, including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths

Overview of Ontario Pain Management Resources (Updated September 13, 2018)
Helping patients manage pain is complex. To help navigate this challenging landscape and support health care providers across the health system, Health Quality Ontario and organizations across the province offer a coordinated program of supports to help family doctors, nurse practitioners and other primary care clinicians manage their patients’ pain, including the appropriate use of opioids. Click here for a one-stop summary of available pain management supports.
More information here: 

Cannabis Media-Kit: Key messages for health & social service providers
The Peterborough Drug Strategy has recently developed a document to support stakeholders across Peterborough City and County in their messaging related to cannabis legalization and may be freely adapted for internal use. New evidence related to cannabis is continually emerging. While the content of this document is evidence-based, it represents the best knowledge available up to the date of publication. See the full media-kit here