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Please find the latest news, events and media resources below.


Public Health Ontario Opioid Mortality Report

The Ontario Drug Research Policy Network (ODPRN), the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCC) and Public Health Ontario (PHO) have co-published a report that describes the current trends and characteristics of confirmed opioid-related deaths in Ontario between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The report analyzes 1,337 confirmed opioid-related deaths, the vast majority of which were determined 'accidental' (N=1,209, 90.4%). For the full report published June 17th, 2019, as well as a summary and infographic, please see the links below.

OCRINT Newsletters

OCRINT newsletters provide updates on the network's activities as well as research opportunities and additional resources. Please click here, or see below, for the latest newsletters.


Annual OCRINT Symposium

OCRINT hosts an annual OCRINT Symposium where service providers, researchers, community members, policy makers and people with lived experience come together and collaborate to discuss and shape the current and future direction of substance use research, priorities and policy. For more information about past or future symposiums, click here, or see below. 

Community Competition Grant

OCRINT is pleased to present a 2019 Community Competition Grant, where OCRINT members can submit a project proposal to apply for up to a maximum of $35,000 to support a 1-year community-based project in the area of substance use. Applications should be submitted to by Friday August 29th at 5PM EST. Current non-OCRINT members interested in applying can contact Farihah to become a member before submitting an application. For more information about the Community Competition Grant, click here, or see below for a link to the application form. 

Two New Anticipatory Calls for Proposals Related to Problematic Substance Use

On July 17th, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new anticipatory calls for proposals, informed by feedback that CRISM received from stakeholders through the 2018 Opioid Symposium and the recent public consultation on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Strategy.

Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) will fund projects from 3 streams: 1) harm reduction, community-led and front-line initiatives (with an estimated funding between $100,000 to $300,000 per year); 2) increasing access to pharmaceutical grade medications as a safer alternative to the contaminated illegal drug supply (with an estimated funding between $500,000 to $1,500,000 per year); 3) new approaches that address problematic methamphetamine use (with an estimated funding between $100,000 to $150,000 per year). Applications for funding must be submitted by Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 1:00pm Eastern time. For more information including guidelines on how to apply, please see the link below. If you have any further questions or would like to request an application form, please contact: 

Additionally, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) will fund projects that use evidence-based approaches to reduce barriers to care for people who use drugs. Applicants can request project funding for a maximum of 15 months, totalling between $350,000 and $1,000,000, with all project funding ending on March 31st, 2019. Letters of Intent must be submitted by August 30th, 2019 and 11:59pm Eastern time. For more information, please see the link below. If you have any further questions, please contact:, with the subject line: LOI Pathways to Care. 

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) Issues of Substance Conference

CCSA is proud to host their biennial national conference, Issues of Substance (IOS), which brings together addiction workers, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers, knowledge brokers, and people with direct or indirect, lived or living experience with substance use from across the country. The theme of this year's conference is Evidence and Perspectives, Compassion and Action, which represents the importance of relying on research and real-world experience in order to identify sustainable solutions that meet the needs of Canadians suffering from substance misuse. This year, CCSA expects to welcome more than 500 delegates to their conference. CCSA's IOS conference is a three day event, taking place between November 25th - 27th, 2019, in the Westin Ottawa Hotel, and is part of National Addictions Awareness Week. For more information, including on how to register, please see the link below.  


Crackdown Podcast Series 
Crackdown podcast series is a new, monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and backed by research. Every episode tells a story about downtown east-side Vancouver community members fighting for their lives, as well as discusses solutions, ensuring justice for those we have lost, and saving lives. The host and executive producer is Garth Mullins, an award-winning documentarian and community activist who has used opioids for years and is now on methadone. The podcast is led by an editorial board made up of some of Vancouver's most prominent activists, and is undertaken in partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and produced by Cited Media Productions on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations.

Click here for access to the podcast.