Welcome to The Drug Hub (formerly the “Urgent Public Health Need Sites [UPHNS] Community of Practice HUB Blog”).

We are a pan-Canadian collective of harm reductionists, drug policy activists, and people who use(d) drugs. We aim to translate evidence-based knowledge and experiences in a relatable and compassionate way while acknowledging the importance that this information represents as lives are being lost amid the ongoing and intersecting global COVID-19 pandemic and toxic drug supply crisis.

Our mission is to raise the voices of people who are and have been criminalized and marginalized because of their drug use and social locations/identities. This is a space for our community to share stories and offer personal commentary related to, but not limited to: drug use, harm reduction, drug policy, service provision, trauma-informed care, and concurrent disorders.

The Drug Hub editorial team is made up of people who use(d) drugs, students, researchers, and healthcare professionals who work with marginalized and criminalized communities. While we welcome all contributors, we are especially seeking contributions from students and people with living/lived expertise of drug use, homelessness, trauma, mental health, and any other experiences pertinent to overdose prevention sites, safe consumption sites, and other public health sites and services serving urgent community needs.

We believe in fairly compensating people for their expertise. Contributors with living/lived expertise of drug use and active students receive a $100 stipend per accepted submission, sent via e-transfer.

Review our submission guidelines and send your submissions to uphns.blog@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: The Drug Hub uses Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Docs to communicate, edit, translate, and publish. All accepted submissions will be uploaded onto our Google Drive and edited online by The Drug Hub Editorial Team. If you would prefer for us to find another platform to communicate and edit, please let us know in your first email, and we will find a solution.