CSAM 2018 Student Bursary Award Winners

November 16

For the first time ever, we provided four educational bursaries to trainees to attend the conference.  Four students were awarded the CSAM-SMCA Student Bursary Award for the 2018 CSAM Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

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CSAM Endorses the OEMAC Position Statement on the Implications of Cannabis Use for Safety-Sensitive Work

November 5

The CSAM Board of Directors endorses the OEMAC Position Statement on the Implications of Cannabis Use for Safety-Sensitive Work

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OEMAC Position Statement on Cannabis and Safety-Sensitive Work

September 26

The Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (OEMAC) is the largest national association of physicians with an interest in occupational and environmental medicine (OEM).

OEMAC serves as a unified voice for OEM in Canada and as an evidence-based organization it upholds its members’ responsibility to ensure the health and safety of the working individual as well as worker populations, and it supports affirmative measures to ensure health and safety in the workplace.

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BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

September 13

BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program – now accepting applications!
The fellowship is a 1-year full-time fellowship in addiction medicine which is integrated in our interdisciplinary fellowship program, which includes addiction nursing, NP and social work fellowship streams.

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Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

July 18

Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

People who inject drugs (PWID) represent approximately 90% of newly acquired hepatitis C (HCV) infections. Clinicians working with PWID play an important role in reducing HCV-related morbidity and mortality through early diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of new, well-tolerated, short-course direct-acting antiviral (DAA) HCV regimens with cure rates >95%, there is an opportunity to vastly improve the health outcomes of people living with HCV.

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Four Students Awarded

July 3

Four students have been awarded the CSAM-SMCA Student Bursary Award for the 2018 CSAM Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC, October 25-28, 2018.

  • Sara Ling
  • Anees Bahji
  • Matthew Downer
  • Nikitah Singhal

Each bursary award included $1000 in funds towards transportation costs and a Superpass to attend the conference and the Fundamentals Course. The purpose of the bursaries is to enable students interested in the field of Addictions Medicine to attend the CSAM conference.

An official announcement will take place during the 2018 CSAM Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC, October 25-28, 2018.


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OPA Addiction 101 Day

May 30

Dr. Wiplove Lamba introduces the first event from the OPA Section on Addiction Psychiatry.

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New for the 2018 Conference! Four Student Bursaries Available

May 17

The Canadian Society for Addiction Medicine is offering 4 (four) bursaries to students interested in the field of Addictions Medicine to attend the 2018 CSAM Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC, October 25-28, 2018.

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Order of Canada Goes to Dr. Nady el-Guebaly!

May 16

Updated on March 16, 2018 – Dr. Nady el-Guebaly was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada for his leadership on addictions research and treatment, particularly for his efforts to have addictions treated as a mental health issue.

Full Press Release Here

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10/05/2018
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Her Excellency presents the Member insignia of the Order of Canada to Nady A. el-Guebaly, C.M..
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 3 Companions, 12 Officers and 30 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Son Excellence présente L’insigne de membre de l’Ordre du Canada à Nady A. el-Guebaly, C.M..
Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette, gouverneure générale du Canada, a remis l’Ordre du Canada à 3 Compagnons, 12 Officiers et 30 Membres lors d’une cérémonie d’investiture à Rideau Hall, le jeudi 10 mai 2018.
Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG
Mention de source : Cplc Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, BSGG

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10/05/2018
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 3 Companions, 12 Officers and 30 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette, gouverneure générale du Canada, a remis l’Ordre du Canada à 3 Compagnons, 12 Officiers et 30 Membres lors d’une cérémonie d’investiture à Rideau Hall, le jeudi 10 mai 2018.
Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG
Mention de source : Cplc Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, BSGG

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10/05/2018
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 3 Companions, 12 Officers and 30 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette, gouverneure générale du Canada, a remis l’Ordre du Canada à 3 Compagnons, 12 Officiers et 30 Membres lors d’une cérémonie d’investiture à Rideau Hall, le jeudi 10 mai 2018.
Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG
Mention de source : Cplc Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, BSGG


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Fellowship and Studentship Applications Now Open

April 30

The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research is excited to announce that the application period is now open for Post Doctoral Fellowship and  Graduate Studentship Award applications for the 2018/19 academic year.

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CSAM Nursing Symposium at the 2018 CSAM Conference

April 27

In partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, we are pleased to announce that the CSAM 2018 conference will feature an academic nursing symposium, aimed at engaging nurse researchers, educators, and clinicians. On Friday, October 26, 2018 nursing professionals will be invited to share academic research, participate in skills-building workshops and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about how to optimize health care service delivery to individuals with substance use disorders and their families. A detailed agenda will be posted in the coming weeks.

Nursing professionals are invited to submit academic abstracts for poster or oral presentation during the nursing symposium (please enter “nursing” in the Notes section during the submission process). One-day registration for the CSAM Nursing Symposium is available, for those unable to attend the full conference. To connect with the planning committee or for questions specific to the nursing symposium, please contact: csamconference@gmail.com

To register for the conference, please click HERE

 


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Corbella: Sheldon Chumir is ground zero in fighting the opioid crisis

April 5

Despite its shiny and sterile look, the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre is sometimes referred to as ground zero for gritty medicine in Calgary — and that’s a beautiful thing.

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HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative

April 4

NIH has launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative to speed scientific solutions to address the national opioid crisis.  NIH will significantly increase funding to bolster research on opioid misuse and addiction as well as pain with an investment of $1.1 billion in FY2018, made possible by the FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides $500 million for opioid addiction research. HEAL will bolster research to inform better addiction prevention strategies through enhanced pain management and improve treatments for opioid misuse disorder and addiction. Please read the NIH announcement to learn more about this important research initiative.

Thank you.

Sent on behalf of Dr. Jack Stein, Director, Office of Science Policy and Communication

National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health


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Psychiatrist says marijuana use is not benign

February 12

Dr. Ronald Fraser said medical marijuana has legitimate uses, but cannabis has many negative effects.

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Ronald Fraser MD, CSPQ, FRCPCRon Fraser MD, CSPQ, FRCPC

Dr. Fraser received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1995 and completed his psychiatry residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2000. He completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at McGill in 2001. Dr. Fraser is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie.

Dr. Fraser is the head of the inpatient detoxification service and an attending staff physician on the addiction unit of the department of psychiatry at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC). He is also the director of the Long Term Treatment Program for Borderline Personality Disorder in the Department of Psychiatry at the MUHC. Additionally, he is a consulting psychiatrist for addiction services in the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of 360dtx treatment facility in Montreal Quebec.

Dr. Fraser has a special research interest in the interface between addiction and personality disorders.

Dr. Fraser has been a member of CSAM since 2014. He is on the education committee and has been a regional board director for Quebec since 2015.


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News Release from Health Canada

November 1

The government of Canada committed to investing an additional $36.4M over five years in cannabis public education and awareness. This new investment is in addition to the initial $9.6M over five years for a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign and surveillance activities announced in Budget 2017, which brings total investment in public education, awareness, and surveillance to $46M.

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National Addictions Awareness Week

September 7

Each year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). Led nationally by CCSA, NAAW highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and other drug-related harm. It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change.

Thank you to all who participated in National Addictions Awareness Week 2016!

The dates for the next National Addictions Awareness Week will be November 12 – 18, 2017. These dates will overlap with CCSA’s national conference, Issues of Substance, which runs from November 13 – 15, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta.

Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction

 

 


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Big News for the CSAM Canadian Journal of Addiction (CJA)

June 27

Newswise — June 26, 2017 – Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, is pleased to announce a new publishing partnership with the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM). Beginning with the December 2017 issue, Wolters Kluwer will publish the Canadian Journal of Addiction, the official journal of the CSAM, as part of its Lippincott journal portfolio.

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Public health guidelines aim to lower health risks of cannabis use

June 23

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, released today with the endorsement of key medical and public health organizations, provide 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. The guidelines, based on a scientific review by an international team of experts, are published in the American Journal of Public Health.


The guidelines address the fact that, despite the health risks of cannabis use, the rate of cannabis use in Canada is among the highest in the world. More than 10 per cent of adults and 25 per cent of adolescents report cannabis use over the past year. The health risks range from problems with memory and physical coordination to motor vehicle accidents and mental health or dependence problems.
As Canada moves towards legalization with the introduction of the federal Cannabis Act, it provides an opportunity not only to regulate the use and supply, but also to educate and inform cannabis users to prevent or reduce cannabis-related health problems.

Dr. David Allison, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association, Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist at CAMH.

“Factual, science-based information can provide guidance to cannabis users to make choices that reduce both immediate and long-term risks to their health,” says Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), who led the development of the guidelines. They are a project of the Ontario site of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM), a national initiative funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

“Cannabis use carries with it real health risks, and mitigating those risks for Canadians – particularly young Canadians – must be the first priority,” says Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). “The CMA continues to recommend a broad public health policy approach focused on preventing problematic drug use; ensuring the availability of assessment and treatment services for those who wish to stop using; and harm reduction to increase the safety for those who are using.”

While the first guideline recommendation is to abstain from cannabis use to avoid all risks, the remaining recommendations address the elevated potential of risks related to initiating use at a young age, high potency products, alternative delivery systems, heavy use and driving, as well as identifying people at higher risk of problems – with concrete recommendations for risk reduction in each case.

“These guidelines are an important tool supporting a public health approach to cannabis use,” says Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association. “People who use cannabis and cannabis-derived products, front-line practitioners, and public health professionals can all benefit from having access to evidence-informed guidelines that can help reduce the potential negative health effects associated with cannabis use. Through their widespread adoption, the guidelines will provide people who use cannabis with the information they need to manage their use and protect their health and well-being.”

The other organizations endorsing the guidelines are the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, and CAMH.

“Given the many people, especially young people, who use and may be harmed by cannabis use, we are pleased to recommend this evidence-based harm-reduction guidance to Canadians who do choose to use cannabis,” says Dr. David Allison, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Newfoundland and Labrador, speaking on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health. “This document is a welcome addition to our tool box for protecting and promoting the health of Canadians.”

Using scientific evidence as the basis for public guidelines is similar to existing public health initiatives for low-risk drinking, or safer sexual behaviors to avoid infection or unwanted pregnancy.

In addition to the scientific paper, the guidelines are available as a public brochure for users and an evidence summary for health professionals.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please follow @CAMHnews on Twitter

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WCAF – Western Canada Addiction Forum

April 21

The Western Canada Addiction Forum is an educational and networking opportunity for all those working in, or wishing to work in, the addictions field. This includes physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other allied health professionals.

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Federal legislation on legalizing marijuana unveiled

April 19

OTTAWA:  Adults 18 and older will be able to legally buy and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for personal use, while selling the drug to a minor will become a serious new criminal offence under the federal Liberal government’s proposed new legal-pot regime.

A suite of legislation introduced Thursday would, once passed, establish a “strict legal framework” for the production, sale, distribution and possession of pot, and make it against the law to sell cannabis to youth or use a young person to commit a cannabis-related crime.

New penalties would range from a simple police citation to 14 years behind bars.

“If your objective is to protect public health and safety and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors, and stop the flow of profits to organized crime, then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference.

“Police forces spend between $2 billion and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, and yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world … we simply have to do better.”

The new law would allow adults 18 and over to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in public, share up to 30 grams of dried marijuana with other adults and buy cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated retailer.

They would also be permitted to grow up to four plants per residence for personal use, as well as make legal cannabis-containing products at home.

The government says it intends to bring other products, including pot-infused edibles, into the legalized sphere once federal regulations for production and sale are developed and brought into force.

“The current system of prohibition is failing our kids,” said Liberal MP Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief and the government’s point man on the legalized-marijuana file.

The plan is to have a legalized-pot system in place by the end of June 2018, he added.

“We have a responsibility to act as expeditiously as we can … we can’t drag our feet; we aspire to get this done as quickly as possible.”

Under the proposed Cannabis Act, it would remain illegal to import cannabis and cannabis products, and to export them without a valid permit. Permits may be issued for certain purposes, such as medical cannabis and industrial hemp.

It would also be against the law to sell cannabis in a package or with a label that could be construed as appealing to young people, to include testimonials or endorsements, or to depict a person, character or animal.

The government also aims to establish “significant penalties” for those who engage young Canadians in “cannabis-related offences” and a “zero-tolerance approach” to drug-impaired driving, along with a “robust” public awareness campaign.

The RCMP and the Canadian Border Services Agency plan to work together, along with local police, to uphold laws governing illegal cross-border movement of cannabis.

Goodale made a point of noting the existing laws remain in effect until the new legislation is formally proclaimed the law of the land.

“As the bill moves through the legislative process, existing laws prohibiting possession and use of cannabis remain in place, and they need to be respected,” he said.

“This must be an orderly transition; it is not a free for all.”

Provinces, territories, and municipalities would be able to tailor rules for their own jurisdictions, enforcing them through mechanisms such as ticketing.

They will also be permitted to set their own licensing, distribution and retail sales rules, establish provincial zoning rules for cannabis businesses and change provincial traffic safety laws as they deem necessary.

Philpott says criminalizing cannabis has not deterred use among young people, noting products like alcohol and tobacco are legally available with restrictions.

Once passed, the Liberal bills introduced today would make Canada the first member of the G7 to legalize marijuana for recreational use across the country.

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Source: Global News – By Kristy Kirkup/With Files From Jim Bronskill


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