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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, […]

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

July 4

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Liberals to Announce Marijuana Will be Legal by July 1, 2018

March 28

The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. Legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan. Provinces to control sales The […]

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Vacancy – Position of CSAM Regional Director for the Province of Quebec

March 6

There has been a sudden vacancy for the position of CSAM Regional Director for the Province of Quebec, and the CSAM Board is looking for members from Quebec to fill this position. If you are currently a member of CSAM, living in Quebec, and interested in this position, please submit your intention to the chair […]

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Have Your Say: National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada

March 3

All Canadians are invited to share their ideas by visiting the consultation paper before April 13, 2017. Although smoking rates are at a historic low in Canada, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death, killing half of all long-term smokers. Every 14 minutes, a Canadian dies from a smoking-related illness; […]

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New CCSA Report Reveals Canadian Youth Perceptions on Marijuana

February 1

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) today released Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis, a new study that offers a detailed look at the youth perspective on marijuana. Against the backdrop of changes to the legal framework for marijuana, Canadian rates for marijuana use by young people remain among the highest in the world. To […]

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Canada’s Volunteer Awards – Deadline February 3, 2017!

January 16

Don’t miss your chance to bring recognition to someone who is doing important work in your community! Deadline February 3, 2017. The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open, and CSAM encourages you to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual/group of volunteers or a business.

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Complete the CMA’s Workforce Survey to help plan for future of our health system!

January 15

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is asking all practising physicians in Canada to help plan for a future health care system that meets the needs of both patients and the valued providers by completing a 10-minute survey: www.cma.ca/workforce2017. Information gathered will include details on working hours, practice settings, use of technology and plans for the […]

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A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

December 15

The Final Report of the Task Force on

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CSAM has a new Office Manager!

November 24

CSAM has a new Office Manager! I am pleased to announce that Karen Mellor, the administrative consultant from ACink, is the new office manager for CSAM. Karen is a former C-suite executive assistant and entrepreneur. Educated in business administration management, website development, and social media marketing, Karen’s focus is customer oriented. She is passionate about […]

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BC College of Physicians and Surgeons Safe Prescribing Guidelines

November 23

The CSAM Board of Directors applauds the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons prescribing guidelines. The CSAM board recognizes the complexity of the situation and looks forward to other regions implementing similar principals.

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Our Own Maritime Regional Director Dave Martell Honored as One of Canada’s Top Doctors

November 18

Dr. Dave Martell, the Maritime Regional Director for CSAM has had a busy month.  Dave, a family doctor in Nova Scotia, who is also among the few addiction medicine specialists in the province, was honored as one of Canada’s top doctors of the year.  In addition to the family physician of the year award, Dave was […]

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Rita Notarandrea – First Recipient of the CSAM-SMCA Recognition Award

November 10

Rita Notarandrea – First Recipient of the CSAM-SMCA Recognition Award For Her Contribution In Leadership In Her Role at CCSA. As chair of this year’s CSAM conference committee, President Paul Sobey convened a group to consider Canadians who had played significant roles in leadership, clinical practice, research, administration, or policy development domains. Ms. Notarandrea was selected […]

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Award Goes to Holly Raymond For Best Poster – 2016 Joint ISAM & CSAM Conference in Montreal

November 10

Holly Raymond and her team were awarded Best Poster at the Closing ceremony of the ISAM & CSAM-SMCA conference in Montreal on October 22, 2016.  The Best Poster award this year was People’s Choice! Congratulations Holly and team!

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OPH Marijuana Legalization Recommendations

October 13

Ottawa Public Health recommended to the Ottawa Board of Health that the minimum age for buying legal marijuana should be set at 25.  The submission, sent earlier this summer and to be tabled before the Ottawa Board of Health on October 17th, includes 33 recommendations on minimizing harm, establishing a safe way to produce and distribute […]

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U.S. Affirms Its Prohibition on Medical Marijuana

August 16

The government refused again Thursday to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug’s therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions. In an announcement in the Federal Register and a letter to petitioners, the […]

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