Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

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Substance use costs Canada nearly $46b/year

Alcohol and tobacco still on top, according to updated CSUCH data.

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New alcohol warning label research published

Real-world CISUR co-led studies show alcohol warning labels reduce sales, change minds.

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Cecilia Benoit wins Killam Prize

CISUR's Ceclia Benoit wins 2020 Killam Prize in Social Sciences, worth $100,000.

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How many calories do we get from booze?

CISUR research reveals Canadian drinkers consumer 11% of their recommended daily energy needs from alcohol.

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Drug checking project responds to overdose crisis

CISUR Scientist Bruce Wallace co-leads an innovative drug-checking program at Victoria harm-reduction sites.

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Alcohol policy: the good, the bad and the ugly

New CAPE project report cards on policies to reduce alcohol harms in Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories.

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Building knowledge for societal change

The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), formerly 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 Canada and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not. Read more about CISUR.


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