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Dual public health emergencies: nursing at the intersections of COVID-19 and the fentanyl poisoning crisis

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12 to 1 pm ET

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With Canada experiencing its worst iteration of the overdose crisis, shadowed by a global pandemic, harm reduction has never been more important. This webinar highlights the perspectives of three nurses working at the intersections of COVID-19 and the fentanyl poisoning crisis. Corey Ranger, Bryce Koch, and Tali Magboo Cahill discuss the changing drug supply amidst the COVID19 global pandemic. They share their experiences as nurses on the front lines in three different provinces across Canada, working to address inequities generated by the collateral impacts of COVID-19 and mitigating the harms of the increasingly toxic and volatile drug supply. Learners will gain better understanding of the current overdose crisis in Canada, including how public health restrictions related to COVID-19 have exacerbated harms. They will also learn about different harm reduction initiatives and their role in addressing the toxic drug supply. Finally, each nurse will impart five lessons they have learned in this dual public health crisis to help inform the nursing practice of attendees.

This webinar is being presented in partnership with the Harm Reduction Nurses Association.

Presented by:

Tali Magboo Cahill, RN, MN
Nursing Team Lead, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

Tali Magboo Cahill has several years of experience working with and for people who use drugs. Currently, she is the Nursing Team Lead for a primary care clinic and supervised consumption site in Ottawa, Ontario, and a MSN student at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she was a volunteer at Overdose Prevention Ottawa’s unsanctioned overdose prevention site and an inpatient medicine nurse at the Ottawa Hospital.


Bryce Koch, RN, BN
Regional Representative (Central Canada)
Harm Reduction Nurses Association

Bryce Koch is a registered nurse and student nurse practitioner. Before going back to school for his NP, Bryce was a public health nurse with the Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction team in Winnipeg. While in this position, he set up harm reduction supply distribution networks across Winnipeg. He is also the founder of Project Safe Audience (PSA). PSA is a harm reduction program that targets high-risk behaviours in the rave/music festival population. PSA is Manitoba’s only drug checking program.


Corey Ranger, RN, BN
Clinical Nurse Lead, AVI Health and Community Services

Corey Ranger is a registered nurse and clinical nurse lead for AVI and SOLID’s Victoria SAFER Initiative. The SAFER Initiative works to address the harms of an increasingly toxic drug supply by connecting individuals to pharmaceutical alternatives (a.k.a. Safe Supply) to the illegal drug supply. Corey has worked in harm reduction in Alberta and British Columbia, and is an advocate for pragmatic public policy, safe supply, decriminalization, and an end to the war on drugs. Corey is a member of the board of directors for the HIV Legal Network, and a regular contributor to the Urgent Public Health Needs Community of Practice HUB.

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