DUAL (Drug User Advocacy League) of Ottawa was founded in the summer of 2010.  DUAL’s members are active and former users and their allies.  Visit the About section to learn more about DUAL.

This website is a comprehensive resource for DUAL members and the Ottawa community.  From here, you can contact DUAL’s Chairperson, Sean LeBlanc, learn about how to join DUAL, check out the resources and efforts of the DUAL working groups and donate.  DUAL members can also access the private members-only page for announcements and community.

If you would like to contact DUAL, visit the Contact page.

2019 OD DEMANDS!!!

International Overdose Awareness Day Demands From SHCHC and SWCHC Focus Groups

*Carruthers and Rita Thompson Residence also consulted…*


  • More full time high level Peer Support Workers in the community and at all Supervised Injection Services…


  • A non-toxic drug supply and physicians that will prescribe for euphoria, not just basic maintenance.


  • Expansion of the Good Samaritan Act-no cops allowed at OD calls and a full amnesty on warrants at OD calls as well…


  • Expanded treatment options and methadone dosing that addresses the significant tolerance that many consumers face…


  • The end of fear mongering and shame inducing stigma towards people who use drugs and more harm reduction education and services at schools of all grades and levels…




“Blue Roses” in Ottawa!!!

Blue Roses is an inspiring documentary film about Bob Jamison and other frontline community health workers who provide care for Ottawa’s inner-city rooming house residents, who often face poverty, addiction and mental illness. In the process, they challenge our conventional understanding of palliative (end of life) care. Blue Roses provides a fascinating and poignant look at life in rooming houses and the difficulties in providing palliative care to this invisible community. It captures the compelling, and often heart breaking, challenges that Bob and others with lived experience face in bringing loving kindness and a voice to their community.

Attend a free screening of the documentary Blue Roses, followed by an informative discussion involving people with lived experience, frontline health workers and city councillor(s) about rooming houses and palliative care for people experiencing poverty, mental illness and addictions.

Presented by Kublacom Pictures, in association with Ottawa Inner City Health and One World Arts

This is a FREE event, but donations at the door are very welcome. Donations will be used to support health and wellness initiatives for frontline community health workers.

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Opioid Conference in Ottawa

the ottawa
on Opioids, Substance Use and Mental Health
Thursday, February 7, 2019
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., Ottawa
Dr. Joanne Bezzubetz, President and CEO of The Royal
and Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa
Public Health invite you to take part in the Summit on
Opioids, Substance Use and Mental Health in Ottawa.
The summit will bring together individuals and
organizations from across our region who are engaged
in mental health and substance use prevention,
treatment, and harm reduction as well as people with
lived experience. Our goal is to develop an integrated
intervention model that will reduce the impacts of
the opioid crisis in Ottawa by giving people of all ages
better access to coordinated supports.
During this interactive event, we will use a consensus
building process to inform and prioritize future
action on opioid use in Ottawa. Our discussions will
centre around three main themes, each featuring a
presentation followed by a roundtable discussion. The
themes are:
1. Preventing stigma and problematic substance use.
2. Emerging harm reduction initiatives associated
with opioid use;
3. Collaborating and integrating across the system to
increase access and uptake of services.
We look forward to your participation in this important
CLICK HERE TO RSVP by January 31, 2019

“Peers in the Community”

The DUAL46397996_2290778017621755_4805385096402042880_nfocus group/discussion; we talked for two hours-and could have talked untold more! The first of what we decided will be many conversations with synopsis’ distributed to agencies that value this beautiful, invaluable people…One of the most inspiring groups I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of-thank you all for giving up your Saturday afternoon for this extremely important issue, and for being indispensable leaders in our community! It is an honor and a pleasure to know you and be part of this wonderful, strong, resilient and passionate community…