Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

November 09, 2011 15:30 ET

Issues of Substance National Conference Celebrates Hope, Renewal and Focus

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Today marks the conclusion of the fourth biennial Issues of Substance (IOS) 2011 conference, the premier national forum for government, not-for-profit and private sector stakeholders to discuss and exchange knowledge in research, health promotion and treatment regarding the harmful use of alcohol, drugs and other substances.

"IOS is an opportunity for experts to come together to share ideas and renew their commitment to seek new and better ways to deliver the best possible care to Canadians living with addiction and substance abuse issues," says Michel Perron, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. "This kind of conference is a natural complement to the collaboration that occurs regularly among researchers and related experts across the country, recent examples of which are the publication of the Cross Canada Report on Student Alcohol and Drug Use, and the Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention.

Hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) along with the founding partner the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions (CECA), this year's IOS conference covered a broad range of subjects – from the links between mental health and addiction (concurrent disorders) to early intervention among youth, to addiction issues unique to women, people living in rural communities, and Canada's Aboriginal peoples.

In addition, the 460-plus conference delegates built and strengthened their relationships by participating together in more than 140 quality presentations, 12 workshops and five panel discussions, and benefiting from the content of more than 50 engaging poster presenters. These opportunities – based on work that captured the broad dimensions of substance abuse – enabled delegates to probe deeply and discover more and better ways to reduce the harms associated with substance abuse.

Today, a panel discussion analyzed the advances made through the National Alcohol Strategy (NAS), particularly approaches to alcohol pricing and taxation, low-risk drinking guidelines, and an online promotional tool for alcohol screening. "The NAS is succeeding because it takes the long view on addiction and the solutions are based on evidence," says Michel Perron.

The close of IOS 2011 precedes National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), which takes place November 13-19, 2011. NAAW aims to raise public awareness of addiction issues alongside community efforts across Canada to increase awareness of these issues.

For more information, visit the Issues of Substance 2011 web site.

About CCSA:

With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) provides leadership on national priorities, fosters knowledge translation within the field and creates sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives funding support from Health Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Jennifer Lavoie
    Director of Communication and Corporate Services, CCSA
    Tel.: (613) 235-4048 ext. 237
    Mobile: (613) 882-4048