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Drug User Organizations

Drug user organizations have emerged throughout the world to address gaps in health service delivery and to promote the rights of people who use drugs. Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), one of the world's largest and most well-known drug user organizations. UHRI investigators have conducted several community-based research projects in partnership with VANDU. UHRI's research on drug user organizing has also focused on the ground-breaking work of the Thai Drug Users Network. Collectively, this body of research has shown that drug user organizations can play an important role in advocating for the rights of drug users, in expanding the reach of conventional health services, and in designing innovative policies and programs aimed at reducing drug-related harms.


Publications

  • Hayashi K, Ti L, Fairbairn N, Kaplan K, Suwannawong P, Wood E, Kerr T. Drug-related harm among people who inject drugs in Thailand: Summary findings from the Mitsampan Community Research Project. Harm Reduction Journal, 2013; 10(1): 21. PubMed
  • McNeil R, Small W, Lampkin H, Shannon K, Kerr T. “People knew they could come here to get help”: An ethnographic study of assisted injection practices at a peer-run ‘unsanctioned’ supervised drug consumption room in a Canadian setting. AIDS and Behavior, 2013; 18(3): 473-485. PubMed
  • Callon C, Charles G, Alexander R, Small W, Kerr T. ‘On the same level’: Facilitators’ experiences running a drug user-led safer injecting education campaign. Harm Reduction Journal, 2013; 10(1): 4. PubMed
  • Ti L, Kaplan K, Hayashi K, Suwannawong P, Wood E, Kerr T. Low rates of hepatitis C testing among people who inject drugs in Thailand: Implications for peer-based interventions. Journal of Public Health, 2013; 35(4): 578-584. PubMed
  • Ti L, Hayashi K, Kaplan K, Suwannawong P, Wood E, Montaner J, Kerr T. Willingness to access peer-delivered HIV testing and counseling among people who inject drugs in Bangkok, Thailand. Journal of Community Health, 2013; 38(3): 427-433. PubMed
  • Small W, Wood E, Tobin D, Rikley J, Lapushinsky D, Kerr T. The injection support team: A peer-driven program to address unsafe injecting in a Canadian setting. Substance Use & Misuse, 2012; 47(5): 491-501. PubMed Summary
  • Hayashi K, Fairbairn N, Suwannawong P, Kaplan K, Wood E, T Kerr. Collective empowerment while creating knowledge: A description of a community-based participatory research project with drug users in Bangkok, Thailand. Substance Use & Misuse, 2012; 47(5): 502-510. PubMed
  • Hayashi K, Wood E, Wiebe L, Qi J, Kerr T. An external evaluation of a peer-run outreach-based syringe exchange in Vancouver, Canada. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2010; 21(5): 418-421. PubMed Summary
  • Kerr T, Hayashi K, Fairbairn N, Kaplan K, Suwannawong P, Zhang R, Wood E. Expanding the reach of harm reduction in Thailand: Experiences with a drug user-run drop-in centre. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2010; 21(3): 255-258. PubMed Summary
  • Kerr T, Small W, Peeace W, Douglas D, Pierre A, Wood E. Harm reduction by a “user-run” organization: A case study of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). International Journal of Drug Policy, 2006; 17(2): 61-69. Summary
  • Kerr T, Kaplan K, Suwannawong P, Wood E. Getting global funds to those most in need: The Thai Drug Users’ Network. Health and Human Rights, 2005; 8(2): 170-186. PubMed
  • Kerr T, Oleson M, Tyndall MW, Montaner JS, Wood E. A description of a peer-run supervised injection site for injection drug users. Journal of Urban Health, 2005; 82(2): 267-275. PubMed Summary
  • Kerr T, Suwannawong P, Kaplan K, Wood E. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Funding for unpopular public-health programmes. Lancet, 2004; 364: 12-13. PubMed
  • Kerr T, Oleson M, Wood E. Harm-reduction activism: A case study of an unsanctioned user-run safe injection site. Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review, 2004; 9(2): 13-19. PubMed Summary
  • Wood E, Kerr T, Spittal PM, Small W, Tyndall MW, O’Shaughnessy MV, Schechter MT. An external evaluation of a peer-run “unsanctioned” syringe exchange program. Journal of Urban Health, 2003; 80(3): 455-464. PubMed Summary
  • Kerr T, Wood E. Vancouver police raid needle exchange run by drug users. Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy Law Review, 2002; 7(2-3): 34-35. PubMed