Risk Mitigation and Safer Supply: What’s Next and What’s Needed


This addition to our PAN Presents webinar series focuses on safer supply. More than a year ago, BC introduced the clinical guidance Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Health Emergencies. Hear about how the guidance has been updated to reflect lived and clinical experiences as drug poisonings are worse than ever and the COVID-19 pandemic evolves – and where it fits within the province’s plans for prescribed safer supply. Session includes Q& A.

Suggested audience:
• People who use drugs and members of their communities
• Frontline workers providing support in HIV, hepatitis C and/or harm reduction
• Peer support workers
• Executive Directors and program managers
• Social service and healthcare providers
• People working in policy and public health
• Allies and community members

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Guy Felicella is a Peer Clinical Advisor at the BC Centre on Substance Use. Guy spent years in the grips of addiction and now dedicates his career and personal passion to advocating for harm reduction and removing the stigma against addiction and substance users. In addition to his career with the BCCSU, Guy commits his time to public speaking at conferences, seminars, summits, schools, podcasts, documentaries and written articles. He educates the public and students on safer supply of drugs, decriminalization, harm reduction and treatment options. Guy is pushing barriers to address the current overdose crisis and addressing the truth behind the toxic drug supply.

Kevin Hollett (he/him/his) is Associate Director of Communications at the BC Centre on Substance Use, where he oversees the organization’s communications and stakeholder engagement work. Kevin’s a communications professional whose work has focused on public health and social justice. Most recently, he was the director of communications for Pivot Legal Society, a non-profit organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion, and is the former editor-in-chief of Megaphone, a social enterprise that publishes a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors.