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

A new Health-Canada-funded study, led by the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, provides report cards for each province and territory on how well they implement policies proven to reduce the harms and economic costs from alcohol use.

Proposed alcohol-policy changes in Ontario will increase harms

A new Health-Canada-funded study, led by the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, provides report cards for each province and territory on how well they implement policies proven to reduce the harms and economic costs from alcohol use.

Drug checking project responds to ongoing overdose crisis

An innovative program designed by a chemist and social worker (CISUR's Bruce Wallace) at the University of Victoria is being piloted at Victoria harm reduction sites to provide a quick, accurate chemical analysis of drugs in order to prevent overdoses while also comparing and evaluating different drug-checking technologies.

Community Dialogues on Opioid Use

The BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General has provided funding to the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR, formerly CARBC) to support community dialogues in response to the opioid overdose crisis in British Columbia. Community coalitions from every region of the province are invited to submit a letter of interest in engaging their community in dialogue about opioid and other drug use. CISUR will provide selected communities with grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 to assist with costs associated with hosting a community dialogue.

Made-in-BC blueprint for overdose prevention

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. In the early weeks of the sites being established in Victoria, researchers with the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) collaborated with several community agencies to learn from these innovative overdose prevention strategies.

Watch: CISUR, Canada and Cannabis

How much does cannabis use cost Canadian society? Will cannabis substitute for alcohol…and is that a good thing? Are Canada’s new cannabis-impaired driving laws rooted in good science? How do we talk with our kids, families and communities about cannabis now that it’s legal? On the eve of legalization, join scientists and researchers from UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research as they share brief presentations on these and other cannabis-related research topics.

June 12: Alcohol and Cannabis: A Look at Washington State

As cannabis legalization approaches and we see increasing deregulation of government controls on alcohol, Canada is at a pivotal time in policy-making around substance use. What can we learn from our neighbours to the south? Dr. William Kerr, a Senior Scientist and Director of ARG’s National Alcohol Research Center in Emeryville, California, looks at privatization of alcohol sales and the legalization of cannabis in Washington State, and how these changes have affected pricing, attitudes and consumption.

Alcohol warning labels about cancer risk a Canadian first

Starting today, warning labels cautioning consumers about the link between alcohol use and an increased risk of breast and colon cancer will be applied to all bottles and cans sold at the Whitehorse liquor store. This specific labelling, part of the Northern Territories Alcohol study led by the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR, formerly CARBC) and Public Health Ontario (PHO), is a first for Canada.