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Jan 25 2021

High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth

Date: January 25, 2021
Location: Virtual

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Jan 19 2021

Webinar | Prevention of Drug Use and other Risky Behaviours in Youth: From Evidence to Policy and Programs

Date: January 19, 2021
Location: Virtual

On 19th January 2021, ISSUP Lebanon would like to invite you to attend their upcoming Webinar on the topic of Substance Use Epidemiology and Evidence-based Prevention Programs. The talk will discuss the importance of adopting a public health approach to substance use prevention, and to using epidemiological data for the planning and evaluation of all programs and interventions aimed at preventing or reducing substance use.

Time: 4pm - 5pm Beirut Time / 2pm - 3pm UK Time



Jan 20 2021

Webinar | Gender-informed virtual interventions addressing substance use and intimate partner violence

Date: January 20, 2021
Location: Virtual

Time: 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This webinar will describe technology-based approaches in substance use prevention and health promotion. It will include information on how technology-based interventions can address sex, gender, and intersectional equity considerations. This webinar will draw upon a scoping review on sex, gender, and substance use as well as a rapid review on interventions for intimate partner violence and substance use in the COVID-19 pandemic, both undertaken by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. This webinar will offer ideas for how service providers, researchers, and policymakers can act on incorporating gender equity as a method for improving health outcomes.

Please note: This webinar will be held in English only.

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Jan 25 2021

High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth

Date: January 25, 2021
Location: Virtual


On January 25, 2021, colleagues from across the healthcare community will gather for a virtual conference on high-risk substance use and overdose among youth.

The rising numbers of young people with high-risk substance use and risk of overdose is concerning. We know that effective care for adolescents needs to address their specific complex needs. Their patterns of use are more often explorative, and they nearly always come with early trauma experience and mental health challenges. Any overdose event increases the risk of a subsequent one. Young people who use drugs are also not benefitting from most adult harm reduction or treatment services, or are even excluded from them. At the same time, youth substance use services are rare.

This event will provide an opportunity to explore the public health crisis from different perspectives, hear experiences of dealing with youth in the substance use field and shine a light on the system of care and treatment paradigms that could drive an effective response. You will also learn about individual experiences, the data from British Columbia and Canada, and international evidence and research in the field.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Rachel Alinsky, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, John Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Dr Michael Krausz, Leadership Chair, Addiction Research, University of British Columbia, Chair, World Psychiatric Association Section on Addiction Psychiatry, and President and Chair, InnerChange Foundation
  • Dr Ian Hickie, Co-director, Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, and Professor, Psychiatry, University of Sydney



Feb 9 2021

Ghost in the Machine: Tackling Structural Stigma in Health-Care Environments webinar (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Date: February 9, 2021
Location: Virtual

Description: Learn more about the Mental Health Commission of Canada's multi-year project to better comprehend and address mental health- and substance use-related structural stigma in health care. Participants will increase their understanding of structural stigma, learn about its sources and consequences, and gain insights into how it can be addressed.

Speakers: The webinar will be presented by Canada’s leading researchers on structural stigma: Heather Stuart, PhD, FRSC, C.M., Jamie Livingston, PhD, Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Stephanie Knaak, PhD, and Thomas Ungar, MD, Med., CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC, DABPN.


Jun 2 2021

14th Annual Conference - International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)

Date: June 2, 2021 - June 4, 2021
Location: Aguascalientes, Mexico

On behalf of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), we would like to announce that our 14th Annual Conference, hosted by the Drug Policy Program of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), will be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico. This annual event is of interest to academics in the field of drug policy, as well as policymakers and decision-makers interested in drugs and drug policy. The ISSDP is working in partnership with the IJDP, the official journal partner of the 14th annual conference.

The 14th ISSDP Scientific Committee looks forward to receiving proposals (deadline for Proposals - January 17th) in response to its call and will be more than happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties.


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