CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2023 Conference Was an Extraordinary Experience!

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) would like to express its gratitude to the 818 delegates who attended CCSA’s Issues Substance 2023 conference in Vancouver. Those who attended returned home with new ideas that inspire, new innovations to try and new connections to work with.
Thank you to everyone who presented their research, posters, and personal experiences. Thank you to the over 30 exhibitors who filled the exhibit hall with exciting products, programs and ideas for our delegates to learn about.

We are thankful to our 20 sponsors for their support of our event, including our national sponsor, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and our provincial sponsor, the Government of British Columbia

Congratulations to our poster winners:

Best Research Poster
Youth Cannabis Use in Canada Post-Legalization: A Scoping Review
Toula Kourgiantakis, Laval University

Best Student Research Poster
Investigating Current and Potential Uses of Virtual Overdose Monitoring Services (VOMS) Beyond Overdose Response: A National Qualitative Study
Nathan Rider, University of Calgary

Best Program, Intervention or Project Poster
Buffalo Riders Early Intervention Program: Program Facilitator Training for Those Who Deliver Programming to First Nations Youth Ages 11–17
Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Best Student Program, Intervention or Project Poster
Harm Reduction in the Classroom: Building a Classroom Conducive to Reducing the Harms of the Academic Institution and Substance Use Content
Maryellen Gibson, University of Saskatchewan

Please note: Only presenting authors are listed.

We thank Carleton University for sponsoring prizes for our poster competition.

Planning for CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2025 begins in spring 2024. Feedback provided from the attendees in our conference survey will be considered during the planning process. We hope to provide an update on the 2025 conference this summer.

See you in 2025!

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