Soc Sci Med 2021 02 5;270:113631. Epub 2021 Jan 5.
British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, 1045 Howe Street, Vancouver, V6Z 1Y6, BC, Canada; Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States; Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, United States; Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States. Electronic address:
Overdose response programs in North America increasingly employ task shifting-shifting overdose response tasks to less specialized workers-to increase effectiveness and promote involvement of people with lived/living experience of drug use (PWLE). In Canada, task shifting has occurred through community-driven implementation of overdose response programs staffed primarily by PWLE. The implications of this task shifting on workers' well-being and service delivery has received little scholarly consideration, despite reports of widespread burnout among frontline responders. Read More