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CCSA: Public Consultation: Updating Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

March 19, 2021

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is leading an exciting initiative, with support from Health Canada, to update Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines by 2022 using the latest evidence. We are holding a six weekonline public consultation to inform the update to the guidelines. The consultation survey is open to all people in Canada from March 8 until April 18.

LTC Expanded: For Community Residential Substance Use Facilities and Shelters for Those Experiencing Homelessness

March 1, 2021

LTC+ is expanding and supporting organizations dedicated to caring for people experiencing homelessness and substance use. Homeless shelters and residential substance use facilities from across Canada can join LTC+ and receive up to $10,000 funding to contribute towards pandemic response.

Organizations need to register by March 17, 2021 to participate.

Criminalizing Drug Use is Harming Canadians

February 25, 2021

The Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine is calling on the Canadian government to stop treating drug users like criminals and start providing the health care they need to recover from a life-threatening illness. In a policy paper released in fall 2020, the society said the criminalization of drug use has been “an abject failure,” channelling sick people into an overburdened criminal justice system that fails to provide access to life-saving opioid agonist therapy and does little to help them recover.

Opposition to Health's Canada Proposal to Reverse Regulatory Changes

February 10, 2021

In a letter written to Health Canada, by the CSAM-SMCA Executive, they clearly state their opposition in Health’s Canada proposal to reverse regulatory changes made in 2013 that prohibit access to restricted drugs through the Special Access Program with respect to cocaine and related products. 

Virtual Care for Mental Health and Substance Use During COVID-19

June 26, 2020

Getting care early can support wellbeing and help prevent more serious mental health and substance use problems. In-person treatment may not be available to you, but virtual care is available to everyone in Canada right now. Check out the details on this infographic

2020 Poster Deadline Extended

June 16, 2020

ISAM-CSAM 2020 Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Brasch and Nady el-Gubaly announced today that the submission deadline for electronic posters has been extended until August 1, 2020.

ISAM-CSAM 2020 Will Be A Fully Virtual Experience

May 22, 2020
The Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine announced today that the annual conference it hosts with the International Society of Addiction Medicine will be held entirely online.

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