Research Events

Public Health, Harm Reduction, Drug Policy & People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

Please note: This event has been postponed due to COVID-19. Notification will be sent out when it is rescheduled.

Join us as we present the findings from the single largest, most significant collection of data concerning the health of People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) to date.

Mar. 30 event

Sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Tracks PWID (formerly known as I-Track) is designed to measure health status, harm reduction and drug treatment service uptake, and substance use trends among PWID from coast to coast.

Since the first Tracks PWID pilot was conducted in 1992, Tracks PWID has become the largest ongoing national-level study among people who inject drugs in Canada.

Results from the study will be used to enhance and improve public health, harm reduction, treatment, and other areas of policy related to PWID, expand substance use education, and develop new programs and interventions to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Held in various cities across Canada every three to five years, 2018 marked the start of Phase 4 of the project, representing the first time that NL has ever been included as a data collection site in the 17-year history of Tracks PWID.

Following extensive interviews with over 100 PWID in St. John’s and Corner Brook, the results from Tracks PWID Phase 4 in NL have been extensively analyzed, forming the single largest, most detailed, and significant collection of data concerning people who use drugs in NL to date.

What: Catered launch of Tracks PWID (Phase 4) NL Final Report, with highlights of NL-based findings

When: Monday, Mar. 30, 2020, 6-9 p.m. (Presentation to begin at 7 p.m. sharp)

Where: Bruneau Centre Lecture Theatre (IIC 2001 / IIC Atrium), Memorial University’s St. John’s Campus (Link to campus map.)

Live webcast link will be posted here on the day of the event.

(NOTE: a limited number of hard copies of the final report will be distributed at the event and an electronic copy will be made available online.)