Harm Reduction and Community Engagement

In 2009 I joined the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS) Task Force. The Task Force consisted of ~ 20 individuals from a variety of backgrounds and sectors that came together to formulate a list of recommendations related to substance use and misuse in the Waterloo region. These recommendations were adopted by the Region in 2012. In 2013 I joined the Steering Committee charged with overseeing the implementation of the recommendations developed by the task force. I currently serve as vice-chair of the Steering Committee and chair of the Prevention Coordinating CommitteeIn addition to this work I am developing teaching tools and strategies related to the role of health professionals, specifically Pharmacists, in the area of harm reduction related to problematic substance use.

Community Lectures:

2016 Opioid Overdose and Fentanyls,Fentanyl Symposium, Kitchener

2016 Opioid Overdose and Naloxone,Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Toronto

2016 The Opioid Crisis,School of Pharmacy Public Lecture

2016 Intersection between the medical use of drugs and substance use,DSECT Conference, Toronto

2014 Overview of Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS), Recovery and Rehabilitation Forum, Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener

2013 Seminar, “Blurred Lines: A Pharmacological Perspective on Substance Use” In the Mind’s Eye Film Festival, Preston Heights Community Centre, Cambridge,

2011 “Talk Local”, Rogers Cable 20, Oct 18, “On this edition of Talk Local, we discuss addiction and substance abuse. Who should be responsible for breaking the cycle of addiction? The individual, the police or the government?”

2011 “Talk Local” Rogers Cable 20, Nov 16, “Worth Saving? Exploring issues of drug-related overdoses in Waterloo Region”

2011 Seminar – “Molecular Pharmacology, Recreational Drugs, and Drug Policy”, University of Waterloo Biologically Active Compounds (BAC) Club

2009 MINI Pharmacy School, Recreational Drug Seminar, University of Waterloo

2009 (May and September) Workshops- Understanding drug therapy in Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Society of Waterloo

2008 Public Lecture, Introduction to the Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse, In the Mind’s Eye: Issues of Substance Use in Film and Forum, Kitchener, ON

Michael Beazely 2016