Local Principal Investigator:
Dr. Jessica Hopkins
Region of Peel - Public Health
7120 Hurontario Street
PO Box 667 RPO Streetsville
Mississauga, ON L5M 2C2

What are we trying to discover?
We are doing this study to understand the need for one or more supervised consumption sites (SCSs) or overdose prevention sites (OPSs) in the Region of Peel. The study will try to understand whether SCSs or OPSs are of interest to the community and whether or not it makes sense (is feasible) to open one or more in Peel. This will include determining how many SCS and/or OPSs Peel should have, the best location(s), whether SCSs and/or OPSs should be in buildings or in mobile vehicles (vans, trailers), and if the service should be located alone or with other health or social services.

You are invited to take part in this study because we want to hear the opinions of people living, working or going to school in the Region of Peel about supervised consumption sites and overdose prevention sites.

What will happen during the study?
You will be asked to complete a 10-15 minute online survey. You will not need to give your name. We will be asking you some information about your opinions on SCSs and OPSs, where you think these services might be located, what their design should be, and how SCSs and OPSs might be helpful or harmful for people who use drugs and the community. We will also ask you to voluntarily provide the first 3 digits of your postal code which will help us determine our reach in the community.

Sample question #1: Do you think that supervised consumption sites in the Region of Peel would be helpful?
Sample question #2: Do you have any concerns about having supervised consumption sites in the Region of Peel?

Are there any risks to doing this study?
The risks involved in participating in this study are minimal. You may feel uncomfortable talking about drug use. We have provided a list of local services for you in the event that you do feel uncomfortable or sad after completing this survey.

You do not need to answer questions that you do not want to answer or that make you feel uncomfortable and you can stop for a break at any time. You do not have to provide your postal code. You can withdraw (stop taking part) at any time and this will not impact your ability to access services at the Region of Peel. We describe below the steps we are taking to protect your privacy.

Are there any benefits to doing this study?
This study will be used by Peel Public Health to learn how the community feels about the need for SCSs and OPSs in Peel. The results of this study could inform future decisions concerning harm reduction services in the community.

Payment or Reimbursement
There will be no reimbursement for completing the survey.

Confidentiality
You are participating in this study anonymously. We will not ask for or record your name or any information that would allow you to be identified.

The information you provide will be protected by a password and encrypted where only the research team will have access to it. Once the study is complete, an archive of the data, without identifying information, will be kept for 5 years and then destroyed.

Note that survey data may be routed through, or stored on, servers in the United States of America (USA). Data sent to the USA is open access by regulatory bodies. All survey data is anonymous.

What if I change my mind about being in this study?
Your participation in this study is voluntary. It is your choice to be part of the study or not. If you decide to be part of the study, you can decide to stop (withdraw), at any time, even after signing the consent form or part-way through the study. If you decide to withdraw, there will be no consequences to
If you do not want to answer some of the questions, you do not have to, but you can still be in the study. Your decision whether or not to be part of the study will not change or stop the way you use services from Public Health.

How do I find out what was learned in this study?
We expect to have this study completed by early 2019. A summary of the results will be posted on the Region of Peel - Public Health website shortly after in early 2019.

Questions about the Study
If you have questions or need more information about the study itself, please contact us at:
Phone: 905-791-7800; 2594 or Email: scsstudy@peelregion.ca

This study has been reviewed by Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB). The research ethics board is responsible for ensuring that participants are informed of the risks associated with the research, and that participants are free to decide if participation is right for them. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please call HiREB at 905-521-2100

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CONSENT

I have read the information presented in the information letter about a study being conducted by Dr. Jessica Hopkins of Peel Public Health.

I know where to direct more questions about my involvement in this study and receive additional details if I request them.

I understand that if I agree to participate in this study, I may withdraw from the study at any time by closing the webpage (prior to submitting the survey).

I agree to participate in the study.
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* 1. Do you provide electronic consent?

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