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New Leaf Outreach Society

Phase 1 Finalist

Newleaf Outreach Society is a peer-based organization. Its members are people with lived and living experience of substance use. While being a frontline harm reduction, overdose prevention and drug user advocacy organization, it is, at its core, a drug user group.

The Submission

The POW-R (Peer Overdose Witness Response) project utilizes a community-based participatory action research methodology to empower and compensate existing peer-networks to conduct meaningful research, and data collection within their community.

The Impact

The objectives include, but are not limited to, helping effectively inform the overdose response by continuously collecting never-before-seen data, and highlighting the need to meaningfully engage peers in discussions around policy reforms with the greatest impact on people who use drugs.