DUAL (Drug User Advocacy League) of Ottawa was founded in the summer of 2010.  DUAL’s members are active and former users and their allies.  Visit the About section to learn more about DUAL.

This website is a comprehensive resource for DUAL members and the Ottawa community.  From here, you can contact DUAL’s Chairperson, Sean LeBlanc, learn about how to join DUAL, check out the resources and efforts of the DUAL working groups and donate.  DUAL members can also access the private members-only page for announcements and community.

If you would like to contact DUAL, visit the Contact page.

Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – February 4, 2015

Cops in harm reduction’s way

“When word got out in mid-December that undercover police officers had arrested two men accessing Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) needle exchange program, The Works, TPH’s own harm reduction workers scrambled to warn the drug user community.” Read more at NOW Magazine.

AIDS Moncton gives out crack pipes to area drug users

“AIDS Moncton has quietly been supplying drug users in southeastern New Brunswick with reusable crack pipes for more than three years.” Read more at the CBC.

Island Health revisiting possible supervised injection site in Victoria

“The Vancouver Island Health Authority says it’s taking a fresh look at creating a supervised drug consumption site in Victoria.” Read more at the CBC.

Alberta expands access to fentanyl antidote, naloxone

“Concerned about the number of people overdosing on fentanyl, Alberta is expanding access to the antidote, naloxone.” Read more at the CBC.

Vancouver care providers hope new supervised-injection sites will help reduce overdose deaths

“In 2015, there were more illicit-drug overdose deaths in B.C. than in any other year on record.” Read more at the Georgia Strait.



Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – January 28, 2015

Scientists have found that smoking weed does not make you stupid after all

“You might have heard that smoking marijuana makes you stupid.” Read more at the Washington Post.

B.C.’s health officer hopes federal support for Insite will lead to ‘restrictive’ bill’s repeal

“B.C.’s public health officer is hopeful federal Health Minister Jane Philpott’s support of Vancouver’s supervised injection site leads to a repeal of a bill he says is blocking similar sites.” Read more at the CBC.

To change drug policy, first change the way you measure it
“As we approach the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the voices clamoring for drug policy reform are getting louder. But within the narrow parameters of the UN system, what does reform really mean? After all, when it comes to drug policy, one of the main tasks of the UN is to ensure compliance with international treaties related to drug use, and to provide a framework for evaluation so that countries can assess the impact their policies are making on drug use and supply.” Read more at the Huffington Post.

Some B.C. firefighters set to carry overdose-reversing drug
“Firefighters in some B.C. cities will soon begin carrying an overdose-reversing drug in response to an alarming spike in deaths linked to fentanyl.” Read more at the Globe and Mail.

Opinion: Health-care system poorly understands our addicts and mentally ill
“A recent Simon Fraser University study showed that expensive services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside do not result in improvements in mental health or legal problems for residents of this notorious neighbourhood, often called Canada’s poorest postal code.” Read more at the Vancouver Sun.

Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – January 21, 2015


Naloxone should be available over the counter, Health Canada says
“The overdose antidote naloxone could soon be available without a prescription, Health Canada says. ” Read more at the CBC.

How the epidemic of drug overdose deaths ripples across
“Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.” Read more at the New York Times.

Welcome to the largest, legal marijuana field in Latin America
“When you arrive at the field in Colbun, a small town located 220 miles (354 km) south of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, it’s hard to believe your eyes.” Read more at CNN.

Health minister Jane Philpott ‘incredibly moved’ by Insite supervised injection site visit
“In yet another sign of that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have a very different approach to drugs than the previous government, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott yesterday toured Insite, the long-standing supervised injection site on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and called the experience ‘incredibly moving.'” Read more at the CBC.

Mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offences unconstitutional say rights advocates
“Rights advocates made oral arguments today in the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that challenges the country’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offences.” Read more at the CBC.

Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – January 14, 2015

Government to fast-track overdose-reversing drug
“The federal government is fast-tracking the process for making a drug that reverses opioid overdoses available without a prescription in response to an alarming rise in deaths linked to fentanyl.” Read more at the Globe and Mail.

Safe, clean spaces for heroin injection
“When I first moved to New York City as a medical resident at Mount Sinai Hospital, I volunteered for a needle exchange program on the Lower East Side. We would walk around the streets, a group of clinicians, social workers, harm reductionists, offering to safely dispose of addicts’ dirty needles while providing sterile ones as well as alcohol swabs, virus-killing bleach and condoms. Most importantly, we provided humane, compassionate, nonjudgmental medical assistance.” Read more at New York Daily News.

Seattle activist plans mobile drug haven to encourage safe use
“In booming Seattle, where daydreams typically take the shape of mega-mansions and supersize yachts, street activist Shilo Murphy has managed to lower his expectations.” Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Victoria overdose deaths renew call for supervised injection site
“A recent spate of deaths likely caused by drug overdoses in Victoria have advocates calling for a supervised injection site and better health care for drug users in the city. ” Read more at CBC News.

Dartmouth drug overdose shows users ‘afraid’ of calling for help
“The rare step taken by Halifax police to lay a charge of criminal negligence causing death after a fatal drug overdose on New Year’s Day highlights the rise of a serious problem among drug users, according to one advocate — the failure to call for help. ” Read more at CBC News.


Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – January 7, 2015

A hundred years after the war on drugs began, is it finally winding down?

“One hundred years ago this March, the Harrison Narcotics Act came into force, heralding the onset of American drug prohibition. It promptly spread across the globe. 2015, however, may well be remembered as the year that the cure for criminalization broke the drug war fever.” Read more at Vice.

Comment: Comprehensive harm-reduction services needed
“In these final days of 2015, there have been almost daily fatal overdose deaths in our communities. Over the holidays, residents of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, the Western Communities and Sooke have been found dead of suspected drug overdoses.” Read more at the Times Colonist.

Drug harm reduction partnership with police irks Toronto outreach community
“A drug harm reduction program in Toronto is drawing the ire of the very community it is supposed to help.” Read more at Metro News.

Canada’s pot legalization to run afoul of global treaties, Trudeau warned
“The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest.” Read more at the Huffington Post.

Alberta Health working to allow addicts’ parents to obtain naloxone.
“Alberta Health is working to make naloxone available to family members of Albertans addicted to fentanyl.” Read more at Metro News.



We at DUAL want to thank all of the amazing people and organizations that helped us host our 3rd Holiday breakfast event! With your help our team was able to provide food and fun to over 80 community members this year :) (not to mention the awesome raffle prizes!)

Here’s a happy shout out to those who shared with us this year!!

Barbara and Dale
Claire and Matt
Jordon (and family/friends!)

Bluebird Coffee
Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa
Flowers Talk
Giant Tiger
Ideal Coffee
Oasis (Sandy Hill CHC)
Ottawa Public Health
Shepherds of Good Hope

we could not have done it without you!!!

Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – December 17, 2015

Didn’t get a chance to read the news this week? Check out some of the big headlines in harm reduction. Leave a comment if we missed a story!

Canada’s safe injection center brings drug addicts ‘out of the alleys’
Drug policy reform is the new human rights movement on the block
Could New York City soon offer injection facilities for heroin addicts?
United Nations officials are worried that the UN’s drug policy is leading to executions
Harm reduction services less available in areas plagued by rising IV drug use and HIV infections

Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – December 5, 2015

Didn’t get a chance to read the news this week? Check out some of the big headlines in harm reduction. Leave a comment if we missed a story!

Ontario has a skyrocketing opioid overdose problem, hundreds dead just this year
Waterloo Region naloxone program saves more than 20 lives
Moncton man fights to vape medical marijuana in hospital
Eased restrictions on fentanyl antidote naloxone at least a year away
Why punish drug users at all?

Highlights from this Week’s Harm Reduction News – December 3 2015

Didn’t get a chance to read the news this week? Check out some of the big headlines in harm reduction. Leave a comment if we missed a story!

Editorial: Locate supervised injection sites where they are needed
Supervised injection sites make financial sense, researcher says
Longtime drug user and harm reduction worker says “miracle drug” is needed for regular opiate users
Anti-overdose drug can save overdose victims’ lives
Canadian cops just flipped Justin Trudeau the bird and raided three weed shops