Meeting #3 (January 2021) – Pauly et al. (2020)
In our third meeting on Thursday 14 January, we discussed Pauly BB, Mamdani Z, Mesley L, et al. “It’s an emotional roller coaster… But sometimes it’s fucking awesome“: Meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia. Int J Drug Policy. 2020; 88: 103015. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.103015.
We were delighted to be joined by Professor Bernie Pauly at the event.
This paper explored the roles, positive experiences, and challenges for a group of “experiential workers” commonly known as “peers” (workers with past or present experience of drug use) carrying out harm reduction work in two organisations in British Columbia, Canada. The research team consisted of academic researchers as well as Experiential Research Assistants (ERAs), who had past or present experience of drug use. This paper was chosen for discussion because of the innovative approach to integration of ERAs in project design, management, data collection, data analysis and write up… [Read on]Dr Matt Smith