Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Transforming our Communities: Sharing Innovations to Reduce Harms for People Who Use Drugs

3rd Annual Transforming Our Communities Gathering

June 7-8, 2022

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This 2-day annual event aims to bring diverse participants together to understand the perspectives of people who use drugs, understand the importance of equitable access to care and services, build partnerships and connect people within their communities, and brainstorm new and fresh ideas. Presentations and discussions will be interactive.


  • Autonomy: people have the right to choose what works best for them.
  • Partnering: how we can bring people in closer and walk next to each other
  • Change: how norms, policies, and practices are evolving


  • Policy: how it can be informed by people with lived/living experience
  • Adolescents & young adults: substance use disorder/opioid use disorder
  • Changing routes of ingestion: impact on harm reduction services & engagement

Available slides from Day One

Justice by Geography – Implications of State v. Blake, SB 5476 |Mark Cooke (ACLU)

Watch the video from Day One


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