Safe supply is a practice found under the wider umbrella of harm reduction, which includes other practices to reduce the risks associated with drug use, such as (1,2):
- Naloxone distribution
- Needle distribution programs
- Supervised injection sites
- Drug-checking machines or tests
Harm reduction practices, such as safe supply, are aimed at at-risk individuals who use drugs. These evidence-based approaches reduce risks, improve health, and create connections with key health services (3,4,5).
Safe supply provides a regulated, legal, pharmaceutical drug that is guaranteed not to be laced with any dangerous contaminants found in street drugs. These are prescribed by clinicians as an alternative to street drugs.
Drug-overdose deaths have become a public health crisis in Canada (6), and in the US (7). Safe supply aims to be one of the evidence-based tools to tackle this problem.
Check out the last slide for resources and to learn about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.