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July 23, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – A number of communities across Canada are considering safe injection sites. Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts who could address the public health, social and political implications of these sites.

Maritt Kirst, assistant professor of community psychology, is an expert on mental health, addictions, and the effects of social context on substance use. She is available for comment on mental health, addictions and homelessness; trauma-informed practices and services for substance use and mental health problems; and public health policy on drugs. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3077

Laurie Manwell, instructor in the departments of Biology, Health Sciences, Psychology and Criminology, is an expert in behavioural neuroscience and toxicology; psychopharmacology; addiction and mental health; and harm reduction interventions. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x2996.

Jeffrey Aguinaldo, associate professor of sociology, is an expert on public health and gay men’s health, including recreational substance use, harm reduction, service provision, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3031.

John Milloy, assistant professor of public ethics at Martin Luther University College and practitioner-in-residence at the Department of Political Science, is a former provincial MPP and Liberal cabinet minister who frequently comments on provincial politics. He is available for comment on Ontario Premier Rob Ford’s comments opposing safe injection sites and what the province may ultimately do. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3853.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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