Centre for Addictions Research of BC

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CARBC guest lecture series

Find out more about our upcoming talks on substance use, harm reduction, and other areas of our research

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Managed Alcohol Programs study

CARBC leads national study of this harm-reduction approach

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CARBC publications

Research bulletins, self-help resources, classroom tools, articles and more

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Generating and mobilizing knowledge

The Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in BC and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not. READ MORE ABOUT CARBC

Recent engagement

Talking to kids about drugs

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CARBC's Dan Reist is interviewed about how to talk to kids about drugs in light of recent fentanyl overdoses. READ MORE

2014-15 annual report

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CARBC's annual report for 2014-15 is now online. READ MORE

Alcohol Sense

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Healthy Families BC's online alcohol resource includes topics like kids and alcohol, risky drinking and alcohol and aging. READ MORE

Matters of Substance blog 

How to have a great night (and remember it the next day)

26 November, 2015

In my last post, I wrote about the science of blackouts. Today, I am going to share some tips from my book, "Drink Less Be More: How to have a great night (and life) without getting wasted," on how to avoid blackouts and other unwanted results of drinking too much.

Why are women more prone to alcohol-related blackouts than men?

24 November, 2015
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I have had more blackouts than I can count. For me, blackouts were the ugly, scary result of "too much fun." The irony is that too much fun led to shame, regret, and grief -- an aching sadness over significant periods of time "lost" with no means of recollection.

A nationwide survey on substance use

17 November, 2015

This summer I got an email from a concerned nurse. In June, the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, and UBC's Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group released their recommendations for Preventing Drug- and Alcohol-related Harms at Music Festivals. As a nurse who works with live music events, she was encouraged to see that many of the...

Finding common ground to prevent drug and alcohol-related harms at music festivals

12 November, 2015
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The summer of 2014 was a troubling season for music festivals in Canada, with five young people dying and dozens more admitted to hospitals at a number of festivals for harms associated with alcohol and other drug use. At the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), we started asking why this was happening and what more could be done to prevent...

Of powders and pills: designing a fentanyl awareness campaign

7 October, 2015
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Fentanyl-related overdoses have dominated the headlines in BC--and across the country--over the past year. Deaths involving the synthetic opiate narcotic, which is roughly 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine, have increased five-fold in British Columbia over the past three years. But despite repeated warnings from provincial public-health...

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