Crisis, Controversy and Change/La Crise, la Controverse et le Changement

#30yrsofCSAM  #CSAM2018

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 30th annual Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific conference to be held in Vancouver, BC October 25 through 28, 2018.

Conference committee began planning shortly after our successful annual conference in Niagara Falls in 2017.  We have invited a broad array of plenary speakers and will be providing multiple symposia within four separate tracks as well as poster sessions and social events. 2018 will feature an all-day symposium on addictions for members of the Nursing Profession. The Fundamentals, CSAM’s day-long course of sequential presentations on screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders will be offered following the main course on October 28. This year’s theme, Crisis, Controversy and Change” speaks to the issues that will be we are currently facing and that will be explored at the conference. The conference will act as a venue for researchers, educators and clinicians from different disciplines to meet, present their research, exchange ideas and collaborate on future courses. The CSAM Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as well as awards recognizing the best posters. Additionally, this year CSAM will grant four bursaries to assist students whose abstracts are chosen for presentation within symposia.

The venue and broad array of scientific and social offerings will make this year’s scientific conference an outstanding event. We sincerely hope to see you there and have the opportunity to speak with you personally.

Paul W. Sobey MD and Jenn Brasch MD
Conference Co-Chairs for CSAM 2018 and past Conference Co-Chairs for CSAM 2017

2018 Schedule

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Vancouver is world renowned for its scenery, multi-cultural environment, and culinary offerings. Feature sites including Stanley Park, historic Gastown, Granville Island and Botanical gardens make it one of North America’s most sought-after destinations.


Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, CA

The Fairmont has a few rooms left.  Please call the hotel directly and ask for the CSAM conference rate. Additionally, a discounted rate for overflow rooms has been offered by the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center. RESERVE MY ROOM

CSAM Nursing Symposium

In partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, we are pleased to announce that the CSAM 2018 conference will feature an academic nursing symposium, aimed at engaging nurse researchers, educators, and clinicians. On Friday, October 26, 2018 nursing professionals will be invited to share academic research, participate in skills-building workshops and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about how to optimize health care service delivery to individuals with substance use disorders and their families. A detailed agenda will be posted in the coming weeks.

Nursing professionals are invited to submit academic abstracts for poster or oral presentation during the nursing symposium (please enter “nursing” in the Notes section during the submission process).  One-day registration for the CSAM Nursing Symposium is available, for those unable to attend the full conference. To connect with the planning committee or for questions specific to the nursing symposium, please contact:

Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

People who inject drugs (PWID) represent approximately 90% of newly acquired hepatitis C (HCV) infections. Clinicians working with PWID play an important role in reducing HCV-related morbidity and mortality through early diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of new, well-tolerated, short-course direct acting antiviral (DAA) HCV regimens with cure rates >95%, there is an opportunity to vastly improve the health outcomes of people living with HCV.

This course is designed for addiction medicine specialists, family physicians and other medical staff working with people who inject drugs. Through online learning and a face-to-face workshop, delivered by local experts, participants will gain the skills to confidently manage hepatitis C in their setting.  MORE INFORMATION

Bill Reid Gallery Tour

We are pleased to offer an off-site social event for Friday, October 26th at the Bill Reid Gallery which features a vast array of Northwest Coast Indigenous Art.
William Reid jr.  (1920-1998) born in Victoria, was an accomplished Canadian artist whose work was featured on the Canadian $20 banknote. As a community activist, he became a pivotal force in building bridges between Indigenous peoples and other peoples.

The venue is located at 639 Hornby Street – 3 blocks away from the conference at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This is Canada’s only public gallery opened in 2008 dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast.

The Social reception will run from 5:30-8:30 and will offer guided tours for those wishing to see the exhibits. canapes will be offered as well as a cash bar.

Tickets are $30 per person and limited to 200.  BUY TICKETS

Tours to Crosstown Clinic, Molson Project and the Dr. Peter Centre
We are pleased to offer three off-site facility visits this year at the 2018 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference.  This is your chance to see the original sites of these ground-breaking harm reduction services in downtown Vancouver.

Tickets for each tour are $25 per person, and these funds will be donated directly to the facilities.  Availability will be on a first come, first served basis with preference given to out of town participants. The Crosstown tour can accommodate 15 participants, while both the Molson and the Peter Centre can accommodate 20. Participants will arrange their own transportation to and from the sites (sharing of taxis encouraged).

  1. Crosstown Clinic Tour
    When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 25, 26 and 27
    Departure Time: 11:15 A.M. (meet by registration desk)
    Tour: 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. PST
    The Crosstown Clinic was the site of North America’s first trial of heroin-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Since the conclusion of the study, it remains a facility where selected patients can continue to access prescription diacetylmorphine (heroin) or hydromorphone for the treatment of chronic opioid use disorder. Their facility includes an on-site pharmacy and a safe space for injection, as well as access to doctors, nurses, social workers, addiction counsellors, and other life-skills and legal counselling.
  2. Molson Project Tour
    When: Saturday, October 27th
    Departure Time: 11:45 A.M.
    Tour: 12:00 P.M. to 12:45 P.M. PST
    The Molson project is a low barrier overdose prevention site with an injectable opioid agonist therapy program embedded within the project.  This iOAT program is run by PHS Community Services Society in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.  We have a community pharmacy partner who provides hydromorphone, as well as in house nursing and physicians who care for this group of patients with severe opioid use disorder.  Each patient can receive up to two injections per day as well as OAT.  All patients are engaged in full primary care along with their addiction care.   The iOAT program is paired with low barrier employment for participants.
  3. Dr. Peter Centre
    When: Friday, October 26th 
    Departure Time: 5:45 P.M. PST
    Tour: 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. PST
    The Dr. Peter Centre integrated supervised injection services into its model of care in 2002. We have 16 years experience of integrating this service among other nursing, counselling, and art, music, and recreation therapy services in our Day Health program. We also provide supervised injection services in our 24-hour licensed care residence, a sub-acute residence for 24 individuals. While all of our clients are people living with HIV, what’s unique about our model is that while many of our clients are people who use drugs, many others who access our services are not current drug users while others still are in abstinence-based recovery.Most recently, we received a contribution agreement from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to provide support to over sixty community-based organizations, policymakers, and health care professionals as they establish supervised consumption sites in their communities in response to the opioid crisis. This includes a monthly bilingual teleconference for supervised consumption and overdose prevention site service providers.

Day of Fundamentals Information

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This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 23 Mainpro+ credits


Superpass includes three-day conference and one-day Fundamentals course.

Refund Policy:
Cancellation by August 15 – refund minus 10%
Cancellations by Sept 29 – refund minus 25%
No cancellations accepted after Sept 30, 2018

Main Conference October 25 – 27, 2018
Member Early Regular SuperPass
Physician $620 $720 $770
Associate $370 $445 $495
Student/Resident $170 $220 $270
Non Member Early Regular SuperPass
Physician $720 $820 $870
Associate $470 $545 $595
Student/Resident $175 $225 $275
One Day Registration $350 (any day of the main conference)