Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

September 21, 2011 10:42 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

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  • Nova Scotia producers, editors, reporters
  • Health reporters
  • University/college media
  • Youth bloggers
  • Parent bloggers
  • Health and safety researchers

Key Issue:

Cannabis Use and Driving among Canadian Youth


Smoke and Mirrors: Youth, Cannabis and Driving – the inaugural Barry V. King Lecture, co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse and the Centre for Addiction Research at Dalhousie.


September 28, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Atlantic Time (followed by reception)


McInnes Room, Student Union Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Available via live webcast. Pre-registration is required, details at

Media Opportunity/Event Summary:

  • Awareness-raising discussion and exchange on the misconceptions related to cannabis use and driving by Canadian youth, featuring expert panel from the research, policy, youth and law enforcement communities.
  • Current statistics on the incidence of cannabis use and driving among Canadian youth, cannabis/driving fatalities in Canada, and comparison of alcohol-related vehicular accidents and those related to cannabis use.
  • Current tools employed by law enforcement to detect and prosecute cannabis-impaired drivers.
  • Youth perspectives on prevention—what works and what doesn't.

Panelists (also available for pre-event interviews):

  • Mark Asbridge, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Scott MacDonald, Drug Recognition Expert, Halifax Police Department
  • Sarah Blades, Co-chair of the Nova Scotia Road Safety Youth Committee (English)
  • Katie Sprague, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Also available for interviews:

Michel Perron, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Barry V. King, (Rtd) Chief of Police, Ontario Lead, Safe Communities Canada

About CCSA (

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

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