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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.

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. CARBC will provide selected communities with grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 to assist with costs associated with hosting a community dialogue.

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.