Town Hall on Hospital Experiences Among People Who Use Drugs

The ODPRN Citizens’ Panel launched an initiative to create a platform for meaningful conversation between citizens of Ontario to discuss drug policy topics of interest.

The ODPRN Town Hall on hospital experiences among people who use drugs was held in November 2023 as part of a series of Town Halls on various topics related to drug policy in Ontario. People who use drugs shared stories and raised questions on accessing hospital care in Ontario. Tara Gomes and Zoë Dodd facilitated the discussion. 

What we heard

The objective of this town hall and of this accompanying report is to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in the healthcare system that can be used by researchers, healthcare providers, and policymakers to help enhance the experiences and health outcomes of people who use drugs when accessing hospital-based care.

Hear from the participants

Listen to the individuals who shared their experiences during the Town Hall:

Keywords: Misdiagnosed; endocarditis; NICU; past medical history; post-partum.
Keywords: Misdiagnosed; past medical history; inadequate pain management; poor treatment.
Keywords: Child separation; denied medical treatment; endocarditis; hospital avoidance.
Keywords: Child separation; traumatizing; humiliation.
Keywords: Child birth; methadone; child protective services; NICU.
Keywords: Mistrust; self-managed care; medical record.
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