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.
W/ CAMH homies Tamar and Nadini post-presentation on “Strengthening Your Voice” @ Bonaventure Hotel, “Issues of Substance” Conference from Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse.
As of Friday Nov 6th DUAL will be removing our office space out of 216 Murray Street. However our weekly drop-in there will continue with hopefully minimal changes.
DUAL’s office departure from 216 Murray is a response to unmanageable difficulties between DUAL members and some research staff at 216 Murray Street. While we are disappointed to walk away from this resource, safety and respect towards people who use drugs are paramount to us.
As a volunteer-led grassroots organization with very scarce funding we are looking to our community allies and will soon be reaching out for assistance. Thank you to our partner agencies and individuals for your support thus far. In these past five years we have grown so much that this barrier will not hold us back!
“What’s Hot with Peer Research Associates (PRAs)?” is an online talk show about community-based research that has people living with HIV as the main protagonists.
9th Edition: “High & Hired: PRAs with lived experience using drugs.”
Hosted by James Watson
Wednesday, October 28th, 2:00 PM EST
“Nothing About Us, Without Us” is an often used harm-reduction mantra calling for the full participation of the drug using community in decisions that affect their lives. Health research often includes people with lived experience using drugs as PRAs. But how do we navigate the complexities of this involvement? Stigma, boundaries and power sharing are all issues that need to be addressed. People who use drugs are criminalized in our society; how do we engage in ethical research equitably and safely? Could the role of PRA be developed as a harm reduction strategy?
To help us discuss the issues, challenge stereotypes and identify ways of working we are bringing together two exciting guests to offer their unique perspectives on PRAs with lived experience using drugs. Terry Howard the Director of Community-Based Research at Positive Living BC as well as Sean Le Blanc the Chair of the Drug User Advocacy League and Co-Principal Investigator of the Participatory Research Understanding Drugs study (PROUD).
The talk show will be held at 2:00 pm EST on Wednesday, October 28th and is the ninth installment in our ongoing “What’s Hot with PRAs?” series.
This discussion will be held online using Instant Presenter. To ensure you’re able to participate, test your system’s compatibility. We encourage you to be an active participant, and you can learn how by watching this short video tutorial.
To sign up, click the “Register Now” button below.