The H.O.P.E. Project
The H.O.P.E Project is a group of professional stakeholders and people with lived experience/ family members working to prevent and reduce both fatal and non-fatal overdose in Halton region.
- Our hope is that through education and training we can not only prevent and reduce the impact of fatal and non-fatal overdoses, but also build awareness of local supports and resources, as well as reducing stigma for people who use drugs. We will do this through:
- Developing an overdose awareness and prevention workshop in collaboration with professionals and people with lived experience/ family.
- Deliver this workshop in the community to various stakeholders throughout Halton including:
- To the general public, including but not limited to- people who use substances, their family and friends
- High school/ college campus
- Social Service agencies and institutions
- Health Care Professionals
- Through collaborative action and advocacy we hope to affect systems level and policy change resulting in reduced barriers for people seeking service and improvements to the way we respond to overdose in our community. This will be done through an empowerment and allyship lens to ensure that a broad representation of our collective voices is being heard. Examples of actions/ activities:
- Offering our support/ expertise on such local initiatives such as:
- Fentanyl Patch4Patch program
- Halton Naloxone Distribution program
- Education to youth
- Harm reduction distribution programs
- Ensuring effective withdrawal protocols are in place and being followed
- Ensuring that people who use drugs have a say in the programs that affect them
- Building connections across sectors including consumers, police, social services, pharmacists, health care.
- To enhance overdose reporting through ‘real time surveillance’ i.e. – anecdotal reporting from street level to report overdose, identify potential trends, new drugs coming in, etc.
If you are interested in joining The HOPE Project please contact us.