The latest Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) from September is now available online, focusing on women’s experiences of smoking illicit drugs during an overdose epidemic, and their use of a women-only supervised inhalation site.

The Qualitative Methods Journal Club discussed a paper about a novel drug consumption room in Canada. The study by Bardwell and colleagues indicated that a women-only smoking space provided a ‘temporary reprieve’ from violence against women and the overdose epidemic. For the Journal Club, which was not based in Canada, there was much to be learned from the paper about the public health disparity affecting First Nation women and the structural racism and colonialism affecting indigenous populations.

The discussion was led and summarised by Stephen Parkin (National Addiction Centre, KCL).

About the article: Bardwell, G., Austin, T., Maher, L., and Boyd, J. (2021). Hoots and harm reduction: a qualitative study identifying gaps in overdose prevention among women who smoke drugs. Harm Reduction Journal, 18, 29.

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