Drug use is a serious problem in Canada. In fact, more than 10,000 Canadians have died of opioid-related overdoses alone in recent years. But with limited resources, coming up with prevention and care strategies for people who use drugs is a challenge. It will take a thorough understanding of how to make better use of targeted interventions and of the role primary care should play.
Dr. Julie Bruneau, Canada Research Chair in Addiction Medicine, is investigating ways to improve the well-being of drug users and their access to quality health care. She and her research team are working to inform best practices for prevention and care for people who inject drugs, as well as developing and testing other new care models for drug users.