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Client Education

Service Provider Courses/Education

  • Guide to Harm Reduction: Interior Health developed manual includes information and tools to integrate harm reduction principals into practice; maximize distribution of harm reduction supplies and provide harm reduction education.
  • Harm Reduction 101: Understanding harm reduction principles and practice
  • BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) Online Addiction Medicine Diploma: Free online certificate course for health care professionals interested in learning more about providing care to patients with alcohol, tobacco, and opioid substance use disorders. The course is open for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of substance use and addiction.
  • Trauma Informed Practice Guide: Developed to support the translation of trauma-informed principles into practice. Includes strategies to guide the work of practitioners assisting clients with mental health and substance use (MHSU) concerns in British Columbia.
  • Trauma Informed Practice and the Opioid Crisis: This resource builds on the Trauma-Informed Practice Guide – focusing on the opioid crisis in Canada
  • Ankors Street College: Offers learning opportunities for street involved people who use drugs. Subjects like overdose prevention, vein care, and safer methamphetamine use practices are delivered in a relaxed and non-hierarchical manner that encourages participation and knowledge exchange, rather than a top-down learning experience. Sessions are low barrier, can take place in either an individual or a group setting, and are designed to meet people where they are at.
  • Fentanyl Test Strips: Train the Trainer Course - Online course teaches participants how to do check drugs for the presence of fentanyl using a fentanyl test strip (FTS). Once successfully completed participants can conduct FTS drug checking and train others to do so.
  • Connecting - A Guide to Using Harm Reduction Supplies as Engagement Tools: Harm reduction supply distribution offers many opportunities to engage with people who use drugs and promote safer using practices. This guide for frontline workers provides information on everything from how to use harm reduction supplies, safer injecting and inhalation tips, vein care, preparing substances for use and more.   

Best Practices

Best practices are a series of recommendations for service design and delivery, based on the best available scientific evidence.


  • Toward the Heart: Provincial hub for harm reduction services in BC. Includes information on overdose prevention, naloxone, and safer sex as well as a site finder to help locate harm reduction services across the province. Provides information and guidance for new harm reduction sites on registration, set up, ordering training and more.  
  • Harm Reduction: A Community Guide: Ministry of Health manual to assist BC municipalities in taking a leadership and facilitative role to reduce the level of drug related harm in their communities.
  • BC Centre on Substance Use: a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction.
  • Harm Reduction International: a leading non-governmental organization working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights based approaches to drugs.
  • Smart Sex Resource Website by the BC Centre for Disease Control: information and resources on sexual health for health care providers and clients.



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