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 

Danger on the dance floor: ecstasy impurity

30 September, 2015

In 2013, Miley Cyrus released a song called We Can't Stop, which was controversial because of the words, "We like to party, dancing with Molly." The controversy comes from the name Molly, which is a reference to a synthetic stimulant also known as MDMA or ecstasy. This drug has been popular for decades, commonly used at raves, clubs, and music...

Zero tolerance and the need for safer drug use limits

24 September, 2015
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Guidelines exist for one of the world's most dangerous and widely used drugs, alcohol. These were developed to help people and health care professionals have some idea what different level of drinking might be associated with low, moderate and high risk of harm. They are based on evidence, and although recent epidemiological data has probably...

Let's talk about pleasure: harm reduction by any other name

16 September, 2015
The Highway Code shows how many respondents use this particular harm-reduction strategy as well as how much it reduces risk and enhances pleasure. Staying well hydrated was the #1 strategy used by MDMA users.

As a doctor who works with people whose lives have been severely affected by drugs, I realize that changing behavior, even when it is devastating to the individual, is very difficult. Part of the problem, as far as I see it, is that as a society we pay relatively little attention to people who use drugs until they either break the law or develop...

Harm reduction in recreational settings

9 September, 2015
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When we hear the term "harm reduction," we often think of supervised consumption services, needle exchanges or clean crack pipes. These are all important, life-saving measures, but is there a way harm-reduction can be applied to more casual substance users, such as the student who takes MDMA at a music festival, or the guy who likes to have a few...

Detecting and addressing mental health and substance use disorders -- the earlier the better

7 May, 2015
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More than half of the people who seek help for an addiction also have a mental illness. These concurrent disorders present some of the most complicated and difficult-to-treat cases for our healthcare system. The links between mental health and substance use are complex, and causality can vary or be unclear. For example, a young person might use...

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