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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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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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UVic researchers’ recommendations to the Marijuana Task Force

September 2, 2016 - Media tip

As the federal government moves forward with legalization of cannabis, many lessons can be learned from the Canadian experience with legalization of alcohol. As 13 researchers from the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) point out in their co-authored submission to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation in Canada—published today as a publicly available research bulletin—cannabis, like alcohol, is no ordinary commodity. A delicate balance is needed between the pressures for liberalization and addressing potential public and individual harms.

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