Expert Advisory Group on Safer Supply
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The Expert Advisory Group on Safer Supply provides advice to Health Canada's Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch about safer supply services in Canada. It is an independent advisory body, created by Health Canada to support Departmental activities pertaining to safer supply service models in Canada.
Safer supply context
The overdose crisis continues to have devastating impacts on individuals, communities and families. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened long-standing challenges regarding substance use and the overdose crisis, with most jurisdictions reporting reporting record high rates of overdose deaths and harms. In addition, people who use drugs are also facing additional barriers and risks related to the toxicity of the illegal drug supply and reduced access to health and social services.
Safer supply services provide prescribed pharmaceutical-grade alternatives to the toxic illegal drug supply as a way to help prevent overdoses and to connect people to other health and social services.
The Expert Advisory Group began in 2020. Its mandate is to provide Health Canada with independent, expert advice on:
- evidence from safer supply pilot projects, which includes addressing barriers and identifying best practices or gaps in services
- knowledge transfer strategies with respect to safer supply
- emerging safer supply issues, including options for lower-barrier models
Health Canada selected the Expert Advisory Group's members to provide a broad range of knowledge, experience, expertise, and perspectives.
- Elaine Hyshka (Co-Chair)
- Jordan Westfall (Co-Chair)
- Mark Barnes
- Angela Carol
- Sara Davidson
- Brian Emerson
- Tara Gomes
- Catherine Hacksel
- Carol Hopkins
- Cheyenne Johnson
- Mae Katt
- Frankie Lambert
- Carole Morissette
- Wendy Muckle
- Shanell Twan
- Cindy Macisaac
- Karen Mazurek
- Jaris Swidrovich
Expert Advisory Group Secretariat Team (Health Canada)
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