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Knowledge exchange in the context of harm reduction for crack cocaine smoking: Learning from cross Canadian… Buxton, Jane; Malchy, Syd 2009-04

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Knowledge Exchange in the Context of Harm Reduction for Crack Cocaine Smoking Learning from Cross Canadian Experience Background „ High prevalence of crack cocaine „ Many harms related to unsafe crack cocaine use „ Gap in services exists KE context „ Anti-harm reduction ideology „ Current safer-crack use services are fragmented „ Legal and policy issues do not reflect research-based evidence Goals „ To provide a knowledge exchange venue „ To generate discussion and begin to develop guidelines „ To promote and build national networks Safer Crack use “Think Tank” March 31st/April 1st 2009 Toronto Canada Participants „ Diverse sectors ‹ academic ‹ policy ‹ legal ‹ public health ‹ frontline services providers ‹ users of frontline services Setting the agenda „ What I want to learn from others in the field in Canada „ What I want to share with others in the field in Canada Was it a KE success? „ Knowledge generation and exchange „ Identify needs and gaps „ Start to prioritize work and delegate tasks Safer Crack Use Coalition of CANADA A new Canadian movement! Take Home Message „ KE difficult in a culture where public health services are fragmented, and provision of care is heavily influenced by moral scrutiny and misinformation „ The continuation of KE activities are all the more important in this context in order to raise awareness and build momentum


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