Niagara Area Moms Ending Stigma is a group of parents, family members and those in our community from the Niagara Region and beyond who have lost our loved ones to, or are coping with substance use disorder. We also have members who are working in the field, interested in the impact this is having on our country, or generally want to learn more about the issues substance users and their families face. Any parent of a substance user or even if a substance user themselves, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We believe in speaking out. We believe in science based treatments for severe opioid addiction but genuinely support those facing a different battle and choosing 12 step programs where appropriate. We strongly support Harm Reduction. (Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.) It is our number one mandate.
Our goal is to share our unique and individual hands-on lived experiences to those with the authority to make changes in our community for the better. We speak at council meetings, participate in discussions and have members who are part of the team of the Niagara Regional Opioid Crisis panel, as well as giving interviews and participating in various ways, including advocacy and volunteer work. We are not here to defend drug dealers, nor are we here to criticize them as we understand the vast majority are substance users themselves. We accept this as a reality and believe change can only be made through innovative harm reduction initiatives, and ultimately decriminalization.
Positive Living Niagara provides a continuum of innovative and proactive approaches to harm reduction, prevention and a person-centered focus on support and education for those at risk and affected by HIV, HCV and STBBIs. StreetWorks needle exchange services are available to individuals who use drugs in the Niagara Region.
We provide a variety of syringes, safer disposal containers as well as other injection and inhalation equipment. People are encouraged to bring their used syringes to ensure proper disposal. StreetWorks also offers FREE training on how to use naloxone – a drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Training is only 20 minutes and you will receive a free kit with everything you need, including the naloxone, which is now in nasal spray format. Training can be done in the location of your choice (in your home, our office). No health card is needed.
Community Addiction Services of Niagara is committed to excellence and collaboration in the provision of a comprehensive client-centered community based service for individuals and families with addiction concerns.Services are free, professional and confidential. Funding for Community Addiction Services of Niagara (CASON) has been provided by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
Pacifico Life Health & Wellness is a chain of boutique medical cannabis dispensaries located throughout Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and Caledonia. We carry over 100 non-smokable products and more than 60 strains of premium west coast small-batch flower, including many unique organic strains.
Perhaps you, or someone you love, is struggling with an opioid addiction. You are not alone. At Pacifico, we have trained Educators (not budtenders) who understand cannabinoids, how they work with the human body, and what strains or combination of strains address certain medical conditions. We can provide advice and support in how to use cannabis to transition away from opioid use. Cannabis has very similar analgesic and psychotropic properties to opioids, without the harm and risks associated with opioid use. Talk to us about how cannabis can help with the transition away from opioid addiction.
To become a member, please bring any kind of documentation or a prescription that shows you have a medical condition that can be treated with cannabis. Pacifico also works with numerous medical clinics that prescribe cannabis. Our intake coordinator can help you obtain a legal license to purchase, possess, and/or grow your own cannabis.
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