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

April 15

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.

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Award of Excellence Goes to Dr Nichole Riese

April 14

Dr. Riese received the 2019 Award of Excellence from the Manitoba College of Family Physicians. She was given the award for her outstanding service in the area of Addictions.  Over the past 10 years, Dr. Riese has worked in a variety of settings providing care to patients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  Her […]

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CSAM Online Journal Club Meeting 

April 14

There will be an online discussion on April 25th at 6:00 PM MDT to discuss this month’s Journal Club’s articles: The Current State of Pharmacological Treatments for Cannabis Use Disorder and Withdrawal Age-varying effects of cannabis use frequency and disorder on symptoms of psychosis, depression and anxiety in adolescents and adults Online Journal Club Meeting […]

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International Women’s Day 2019

March 8

Today is International Women’s Day 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the work of the current women BOD members and women members of the general CSAM membership and the contribution they have made to addiction medicine in Canada. Most notably, I would like to recognize Dr. Melanie Willows, CSAM’s first woman […]

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Welcome to the newest CSAM Board of Director Dr Naved Ali

March 4

Naved Ali MD, CCFP, CSAM (Certificant), ABAM (Diplomate) Dr. Naved Ali MD was born in Edmonton, Alberta and received his MD from the University of Alberta in 1987. After obtaining his CCFP in 1989, he worked in full-service family practice, until eventually focusing on the area of Substance Use and Mental Health. He was certified […]

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New for the 2018 Conference! Four Student Bursaries Available

May 17

The Canadian Society for Addiction Medicine is offering 4 (four) bursaries to students interested in the field of Addictions Medicine to attend the 2018 CSAM Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC, October 25-28, 2018.

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HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative

April 4

NIH has launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative to speed scientific solutions to address the national opioid crisis.  NIH will significantly increase funding to bolster research on opioid misuse and addiction as well as pain with an investment of $1.1 billion in FY2018, made possible by the FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides […]

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News Release from Health Canada

November 1

The government of Canada committed to investing an additional $36.4M over five years in cannabis public education and awareness. This new investment is in addition to the initial $9.6M over five years for a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign and surveillance activities announced in Budget 2017, which brings total investment in public education, awareness, […]

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Canada’s Volunteer Awards – Deadline February 3, 2017!

January 16

Don’t miss your chance to bring recognition to someone who is doing important work in your community! Deadline February 3, 2017. The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open, and CSAM encourages you to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual/group of volunteers or a business.

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Complete the CMA’s Workforce Survey to help plan for future of our health system!

January 15

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is asking all practising physicians in Canada to help plan for a future health care system that meets the needs of both patients and the valued providers by completing a 10-minute survey: www.cma.ca/workforce2017. Information gathered will include details on working hours, practice settings, use of technology and plans for the […]

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A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

December 15

The Final Report of the Task Force on

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CSAM has a new Office Manager!

November 24

CSAM has a new Office Manager! I am pleased to announce that Karen Mellor, the administrative consultant from ACink, is the new office manager for CSAM. Karen is a former C-suite executive assistant and entrepreneur. Educated in business administration management, website development, and social media marketing, Karen’s focus is customer oriented. She is passionate about […]

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BC College of Physicians and Surgeons Safe Prescribing Guidelines

November 23

The CSAM Board of Directors applauds the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons prescribing guidelines. The CSAM board recognizes the complexity of the situation and looks forward to other regions implementing similar principals.

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Our Own Maritime Regional Director Dave Martell Honored as One of Canada’s Top Doctors

November 18

Dr. Dave Martell, the Maritime Regional Director for CSAM has had a busy month.  Dave, a family doctor in Nova Scotia, who is also among the few addiction medicine specialists in the province, was honored as one of Canada’s top doctors of the year.  In addition to the family physician of the year award, Dave was […]

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Rita Notarandrea – First Recipient of the CSAM-SMCA Recognition Award

November 10

Rita Notarandrea – First Recipient of the CSAM-SMCA Recognition Award For Her Contribution In Leadership In Her Role at CCSA. As chair of this year’s CSAM conference committee, President Paul Sobey convened a group to consider Canadians who had played significant roles in leadership, clinical practice, research, administration, or policy development domains. Ms. Notarandrea was selected […]

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Award Goes to Holly Raymond For Best Poster – 2016 Joint ISAM & CSAM Conference in Montreal

November 10

Holly Raymond and her team were awarded Best Poster at the Closing ceremony of the ISAM & CSAM-SMCA conference in Montreal on October 22, 2016.  The Best Poster award this year was People’s Choice! Congratulations Holly and team!

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OPH Marijuana Legalization Recommendations

October 13

Ottawa Public Health recommended to the Ottawa Board of Health that the minimum age for buying legal marijuana should be set at 25.  The submission, sent earlier this summer and to be tabled before the Ottawa Board of Health on October 17th, includes 33 recommendations on minimizing harm, establishing a safe way to produce and distribute […]

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U.S. Affirms Its Prohibition on Medical Marijuana

August 16

The government refused again Thursday to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug’s therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions. In an announcement in the Federal Register and a letter to petitioners, the […]

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Recovery Day September 2016 Canada Celebrates Recovery From Addiction

August 15

During the month of September, Canadians in recovery from addiction join with friends and family to build awareness, challenge societal stigma and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, workplaces and communities.    

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Changes to the ABAM Certification Process

July 6

Information Concerning Changes to the ABAM Certifications Process. The Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine recognizes that certification forms an important component of credentialing in addiction medicine. CSAM presently offers a certificate process which is based on the successful completion of either the ABAM or ISAM examination. We currently do not have an examination of our […]

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