To better understand the issues and priorities of people who use drugs in Quebec during the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose crisis, CATIE conducted a short interview with Frankie Lambert and Chantal Montmorency, two staff members of the Quebec association to promote the health of people who use drugs (AQPSUD). Here are the concerns raised by their community.
Can you tell us about the beginnings of AQPSUD?
In 2005, community organizations from several regions, including regional public health officials and the provincial ministry of health and social services, decided it was time to offer a free publication that would tackle sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections (STBBIs), written by and for people who inject drugs (PWID). L’injecteur was born!
L’injecteur allowed the creation of a network of people who use drugs. In 2007, they got together for the first time under the name l’Association pour la Défense des Droits et l’Inclusion des personnes qui consomment des drogues du Québec [The Quebec Association for the Defence of the Rights and Inclusion of People Who Use Drugs]. It was the first time that people who use drugs in Quebec got together to demand their right to health, life and wellness.
In 2010, AQPSUD became an independent community organization run by and for people who use drugs, and brought these two projects under the same roof. The first province-wide community-based harm reduction group was born.
Over the past couple of years, AQPSUD has been very busy implementing solutions that work for us, and that respond in a pragmatic manner to the needs that we express and that concern us. We have created many resources and trainings by and for people who use drugs.
BY FRANKIE LAMBERT AND CHANTAL MONTMORENCY.
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