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Made-in-BC blueprint for overdose prevention

February 14, 2019 - Ring

When the BC government began opening overdose prevention sites (OPS) across the province two years ago, it was an unprecedented response to the overdose crisis. Unlike supervised consumption sites (SCS), which were subject to lengthy (and often onerous) approval processes, OPS were rolled out quickly and led by community members on the front lines of the public-health emergency.

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Trailblazing harm reduction

January 25, 2019 - News

A managed alcohol program (MAP) provides people who haven’t found success with abstinence-based approaches with pre-measured doses of beer or wine—often paired with housing and other supports—as a way of reducing the harms from alcohol. But do they work? A national study, co-led by Bernie Pauly and Tim Stockwell at UVic's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, is finding out—and so far, signs point to yes.

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Cost of substance use in Canada: $38.4 billion a year

June 26, 2018 - Media release

Substance use costs Canadian society $38.4 billion a year, or almost $1,100 for every person in Canada, according to a new study. The Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms study, produced by UVic's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, examines the costs and harms associated with substance use, and spans four broad areas: health care, lost production, criminal justice and other direct costs.

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PhD student develops a program to help researchers calculate alcohol-related harms

February 1, 2018 - Ring

How much does alcohol cost? Think beyond the price of a bottle of wine; how many deaths per year are due to alcohol-related colon cancer? How about hospitalizations due to impaired driving accidents? To calculate these costs, PhD student Adam Sherk developed the International Model of Alcohol Harms and Policies, or InterMAHP.

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CARBC brings together opioid substitution patients to help others

February 28, 2017 - Ring

To help navigate this stigma dn multiple barriers to access information about opioid substitution treatment (OST) in BC, UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research produced a users’ guide to the world of prescription opioids (such as methadone and suboxone), treatment and recovery. The handbook was co-written by OST patients, supported by funding from the Province of BC.

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