Safer Substance Use

 

All substances have a risk of causing harm and a lot of the time the safer way to be is to not use drugs or alcohol. But that is not a choice everyone can or wants to make. There are also times when it is safer to continue using such as if you are prescribed medication or if you’ve been using it for a long time and need special help coming down. It is important to reflect on the role substances may play in our lives and the lives of those around us. If people are using it, it’s important to have accurate information to help reduce the amount of harm that could happen. Reducing the risk is commonly referred to as harm reduction. Even if we aren’t using it, this is good info to know because you may find yourself in a position where you can help someone else.

SERC offers peer-led harm reduction programming in both Brandon and Winnipeg. Brandon’s program is known as Project Love while Winnipeg’s program PeerNPeer supports Two-Spirit, Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer + (2STLGBQ+) folks engaged in sexualized drug use.

Project LOVE: Let Our Voices Educate

A peer-led group that runs out of SERC Brandon and some rural communities. We have a small group of volunteers with lived or living experiences using different substances. We work together to provide harm reduction supplies and education to help keep our communities safer!

For more information, contact Kaitlyn at kaitlynw@serc.mb.ca or 204-571-3284.

 

 

2STLGBQ+ PeerNPeer

PnP also called Party and Play or Chemsex is a commonly used term among 2STLGBQ+ folks for using drugs as part of sex. SERC recognizes that just like bars, apps, activism, and curling, this is one of many ways 2STLGBQ+ people might connect. However, the unique stigma surrounding drugs and sex can create barriers to accessing the tools folks need for safer PnP. These may include:

  • Harm reduction supply access such as injection kits, pipes, and Naloxone kits
  • Getting regular HIV and STI testing
  • Accessing supportive service providers and health professionals
  • Connecting to peers and community in other meaningful ways

SERC PeerNPeer is a Winnipeg-based program to support the unique needs of 2STLGBQ+ folks that PnP. This program offers free confidential education and distribution of PnP harm reduction supplies throughout our community. Learn more or order supplies now

These initiatives are funded by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.