The Atlantic COmmunity AddictionS Treatment (COAST) study is a multi-year study: Participants in this study identified various facilitators and barriers to access and retention in drug treatment programs. Some barriers and facilitators may vary over time depending on a variety of factors such as how much government funding is provided to a program. Nevertheless, our research suggests the need for 1) Client-centered practices and policies across all programs 2) More program and increased hours of operation. Findings from phases 2 and 3 will be available soon.
Many people who use substances (e.g., inject drugs) want to access government-funded drug treatment programs. These programs are important because they help reduce risks of HIV, Hepatitis C infection, opioid-related non-fatal events and deaths. All people who use substances have a right to access drug treatment programs. This study which consists of 3 phases, examines government-funded drug treatment programs in Atlantic Canada: The experiences of people who use substances
Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with people who use substances in 2019 through community- based harm reduction/AIDS service organisations across seven sites in Atlantic Canada.