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PHO Webinar: Implementing Smoking Rooms in Supervised Consumption Sites: Key lessons

This discussion-centred roundtable will be focused on implementing supervised smoking/inhalation rooms in drug consumption sites. Service providers and people who use drugs have expressed the urgent need to expand existing supervised consumption sites to include smoking/inhalation rooms in response to increasing overdoses related to smoking drugs. The benefits of smoking/inhalation rooms also include increased engagement of people who smoke drugs and the reduction in barriers to consumption services. However, sites that are considering to include smoking/inhalation face a number of questions regarding air quality, employee safety, legislation, funding, implementation, and others.

This roundtable will focus on key lessons community partners across Canada have learned from implementing supervised smoking/inhalation rooms, as well as best practices for day-to-day operations. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and contribute to growing discussions in this area.

Intended audience: Community initiative partners: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention Chatham - Kent Public Health Unit; Norwest Community Health Centres and partners; Municipal Drug Strategy Coordinators of Ontario; Ontario Network of People who Use Drugs; COMOH Drug/Opioid Poisoning Crisis Work Group

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify best practices in implementing smoking/inhalation rooms
  • Understand experiences and strategies from local communities working in safer smoking/inhalation
  • Analyze ways to adapt strategies for their own communities

Presenter(s): Ashley Smoke, Casey Schapel, Jill Aalhus, Elizabeth Plishka, Natalie Kaminski

Ashley Smoke, Secretary, Ontario Network of People who Use Drugs

Casey Schapel, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Casey House

Jill Aalhus, Program Manager, Bloodties

Elizabeth Plishka, Director of Support Services, Prairie Harm Reduction

Natalie Kaminski, President, Ontario Network of People who Use Drugs


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Published 3 Jan 2023