Jun 6, 2019
SE1 EP8: Gay Men Using Meth (Part 3) – A Harm Reduction Approach
Play • 35 min

In this third episode of a three-part series on gay men using methamphetamine host James Watson interviews Nick Boyce and Colin Johnson about harm reduction as an approach to safer drug use. Nick is the Director of the Ontario Harm Reduction Network and has been working in the movement for almost 20 years. Colin is a gay rights activist and harm reduction peer educator. He also discloses his use of injection drugs, with crystal meth being Colin’s drug of choice. 

Nick defines Harm Reduction as a philosophical approach to understanding drug use and working with people who use drugs. He points out that it’s a health and social issue, rather than a criminal or moral one.

Both guests discuss the importance of language, the power of lived experience, and wrap up with advice on what to do if a person is struggling with their meth use and is seeking advice.

Visit the episode page on The Positive Effect website for full episode details and to learn more about this episode’s guest. 

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