The Director, Research & Policy, is a dynamic and critical role within CCSA. The Research and Policy Division conducts research that responds to the needs of Canada’s priority areas in the field of substance abuse, advances knowledge and provides research-based policy analysis, and this role has the overall responsibility for setting the focus and direction of CCSA's research by identifying Canada's national priorities in addiction and substance use.
The goal of this study is to better understand the impact of the upcoming changes to Federal health regulations on how Canadians access medical cannabis. This study is looking for people who have or have not used cannabis as a medicine, are 19 years old or older, and have arthritis, cancer, chronic pain or HIV/AIDS.
This is a Special Issue in the International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 24, Issue 6, November 2013, with free access until the end of March 2014. CARBC-affiliated researchers have contributed to this issue. Anyone who is interested can download it in full before the promotion ends.
This Provincial Health Officer’s annual report examines gambling policy in BC from a public health perspective and provides recommendations for reducing the harms associated with problem gambling. This report discusses social and economic impacts of gambling and the history of gambling policy in Canada and BC, introduces a comprehensive public health framework for understanding gambling, and explores gambling trends in Canada and BC.
CARBC welcomes Dr. Russ Callaghan, Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia, to CARBC as Site Director. Before joining UNBC, Dr. Callaghan was an independent research scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He is a co-author of the recently published journal article, Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer: a 40-year cohort study, which demonstrates a two-fold increased risk of lung cancer among heavy cannabis users.
This CCSA-CCENDU Bulletin that CARBC contributed to provides a series of short snapshots describing opioid misuse in Canadian communities.
In February and March 2013, East Kootenay Addiction Services Society conducted their sixth Adolescent Drug Use Survey. The region-wide survey, first undertaken by them in 2002, includes all students in Grades 7–12 in the East Kootenay. The survey is conducted every two years to monitor changes in drug use patterns and attitudes amongst East Kootenay adolescents.
This document, Creating Municipal Alcohol Policy, has been prepared by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with BC Healthy Communities, to serve as a guide for local governments/First Nations in the planning of a municipal alcohol policy (MAP). A MAP helps local governments/First Nations manage alcohol facilities they own and manage, and reduces liability for alcohol-related problems. This guide explains what a MAP is, how it can benefit your local government/First Nation and how to create one, from start to finish.