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April 16, 2008 15:08 ET

Cracked But Not Broken: UBC Hosts International Conference on Stimulant Use Among Youth

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) -

Event: Cracked But Not Broken, an international conference that addresses stimulant use among adolescents and young adults

Details: April 18 - 20

Location: UBC Life Sciences Centre

The UBC Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) at Providence Health Care Research Institute will host Cracked But Not Broken an international conference that addresses stimulant use among adolescents and young adults April 18 - 20 at the UBC Life Sciences Centre.

Note to Editor: Media are invited to attend. Please contact Catherine Loiacono or Leah Lockhart.

International conference delegates will explore questions related to pregnancy, stimulant use, concurrent disorders and physical and mental illness associated with stimulant use and discuss the best evidence-based pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for adolescents.

"Stimulant use is especially common among adolescents and is generally associated with increased risk behaviour," says Dr. Michael Krausz, Conference Director and UBC/Providence Health Care BC Leadership Chair in Addiction Research. "It can affect developmental capacities and also hinder a youth's ability to engage in a productive lifestyle."

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Conference highlights include:

International Perspectives on Methamphetamine and Crack Use

April 18, 10:00a.m -12:30p.m.

- Stimulant Use from a European Perspective - Dr. Michael Farrell, London, U.K.

- Street Stimulant Use in Hamburg, Germany - Dr. Peter Degkwitz, University of Hamburg.

- Street Stimulant Use in Spain - Dr. Eugenia Oveido, UBC.

- Massive Increase in Crack Cocaine Use in Canada - Dr. Daniel Werb, UBC.

Risk Behaviour and Special Challenges: Pregnancy and Motherhood, Physical Illness and Risk Behaviour

April 18, 1:30p.m. - 5p.m.

- Drug Using Mothers, Roles and Risks of Stimulants - Dr. Amelia Arria, John Hopkins University, USA.

- The Youth at Risk Survey - Dr. Cameron Duff, UBC. The purpose of the Vancouver Youth Drug Survey is to generate data on current and emerging alcohol and other drug use trends, providing important information to target service priorities and develop relevant, effective programs to best reach youth.

- The CEDAR Project - Dr. Patricia Spittall from UBC and Chief Wayne Christian from Enderby. The Cedar Project monitors HIV and Hepatitis C among 600-1000 young Aboriginal people aged 14-30 who use injection and non-injection drugs in Vancouver, Prince George and, more recently, Kamloops.

Associated Concurrent Disorders

April 19, 9a.m.-12:30p.m.

- Methamphetamine and Psychosis in Vancouver - Dr. William Honer, UBC.

- Mental Illness and Addiction in a Vulnerable Urban Population - Dr. William MacEwan, UBC.

- Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders Among Women in Pregnancy and Post-Partum - Dr. Shimi Kang, UBC.

- Combined Treatment Approaches for Opiate Addicts and Heavy Stimulant Users with Co-occurring Mental and Physical Disorders - Dr. Vincent Hendriks, The Hague, Netherlands.

A centre of the Providence Health Care Research Institute, the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) is an inter-disciplinary research collective founded to pursue excellence through the evaluation, interpretation and communication of health outcome research. CHEOS works across all of PHC Research Institute's health disciplines including aging, cardiopulmonary health, urban health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and kidney health.

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