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Substance Abuse and IDD: A Harm Reduction Approach

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This presentation will offer insight into the ways in which we can best support individuals with IDD with substance use disorders. The session will look at predictors of substance use disorder in people with IDD, and examine how the COVID-19 pandemic increased the risk of substance use disorders. We will examine Harm Reduction principles, and address common critiques of the philosophy. We will use case studies to demonstrate how harm reduction principles can be applied to supporting people with IDD/DD, and examine the practical ways in which a person with IDD and substance use disorder can be best supported.

PRESENTER: Michelle Anbar-Goldstein, MSW, RSW, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty Service (FDDSS), Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Recorded at Shared Learning Forum June 30, 2023

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The SHIFT: Holistic and Intersectional Harm Reduction ServicesĀ For People with Developmental Disabilities

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