URegina, APSS collaborate to combat drug overdose crisis


The University of Regina has partnered with the AIDS Program South Saskatchewan Inc (APSS) to reduce the impacts of the drug overdose crisis. Together, the organizations have launched , a two-year initiative that maps discarded needles in public places and then directs targeted supports–such as harm reduction knowledge, naloxone training, and recovery options–to areas where there is high needle use. The project is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and led by URegina Assistant Professor Dr Andrew Eaton and APSS Executive Director Shiny Mary Varghese. “By targeting hotspot areas, we expect to be able to reduce the number of drug-related deaths and encourage safer needle use,” said Eaton.