The words we use can impact the way we think and it is for this reason that the Windsor Essex Community Opioid Strategy -Leadership Committee offers the following explanations.
Opioid substitution therapies (OST) (e.g., methadone or suboxone): These are medications to treat opioid use disorder symptoms and cravings.
Non-abstinence treatment programs: Abstinence is defined as the complete cessation or quitting of drug or alcohol use. Non-abstinence programs are a harm reduction approach, and can include the use of opioid substitution therapies.
People with lived experience: People who have experience, either personally or through a friend or family member, with substance use problems and with accessing or trying to access the treatment system. The meaningful participation of people with lived experience in planning and being involved in decisions that impact the services to which they have access, is important.
Peer (leader): A peer is a person who is of equal standing with another and who belongs to a specific group, and shares distinct characteristics with this group. Peers can provide valuable guidance and connection in a community. A peer leader can use their personal experiences to be a leader to others in their community.
Good Samaritan Law: The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act applies to anyone who seeks emergency support during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. The act also protects anyone else who is at the scene when emergency services arrive.