Nanaimo, British Columbia
The Opioid Data Challenge
Newleaf Outreach Society is a peer-based organization whose members are people with lived and living experience of substance use. While being a frontline harm reduction, overdose prevention and drug user advocacy organization, it is, at its core, a drug user group.
For the Opioid Data Challenge (ODC), Newleaf Outreach Society submitted their POW-R (Peer Overdose Witness Response) project. POW-R utilizes a community-based participatory action research methodology to empower and compensate existing peer-networks to conduct meaningful research, and data collection within their community. The project aimed to effectively inform the overdose response by continuously collecting never-before-seen data from people with lived experience, and highlighting the need to meaningfully engage peers in discussions around policy reforms with the greatest impact on people who use drugs.