Rural Empowered Drug Users Network

A program for current and former drug users, and their friends, family, and supporters.
We want to be a part of the structures that serve us.

We believe that:

  • It’s powerful when people who use drugs can come together and connect for peer support: it reminds us (and each other) that we are people who care, we have feelings, we have ideas, we have talents, we care about each other, the issues, and our community.
  • Drug users know best what our challenges are, and we are capable of participating and contributing in positive ways to service delivery design and policy development.
  • People deserve environments that support dignity, health, human rights, and respect for current and former drug users and the community at large.

We offer:

  • Groups for drug users to connect in Nelson, Trail, and Grand Forks for peer support, peer education, and discussion of topics important to our communities.
  • Social events like movie nights and gatherings for connection in a non-judgemental space.
  • Presentations at conferences about the real needs of people who use drugs.
  • Training for people interested in getting involved in harm reduction and peer support.
  • Advocacy for people who use drugs, community education and awareness on the issues, and participation in research and consultations to make our lives better.

Get in touch

Holly Trider
Peer Health Navigator
(Nelson + West Kootenays)

  • 250-505-9690

REDUN Peer Coordinator

  • 250-354-9540

Lisa Kavaloff
REDUN Peer Coordinator

  • 250-231-2326

Our favourite resources

Published by ANKORS

ANKORS’ Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Assessment 2019

An assessment of harm reduction and overdose prevention services in the Interior Health region: made up of interviews with service providers and service users in many Kootenay towns.

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Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users has is full of resources and inspiration in the movement for drug user’s liberation.

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