The the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is pleased to announce the release of a major new study estimating the economic costs and harms associated with substance use in Canada.
The results of the study indicate that the overall economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was $38.4 billion, or approximately $1,100 for every Canadian regardless of age. Legally available psychoactive substances, tobacco and alcohol, contributed over two-thirds of these costs. Between 2007 and 2014, costs associated with opioids and cannabis increased while those associated with cocaine decreased. Productivity losses amounted to 41 percent of the total cost, while healthcare costs were 29 percent and criminal justice costs were 23 percent of the total cost.
The report can be downloaded from the project website, along with a report in short and infographic.
As part of National Alcohol and Drug Awareness Week (Nov. 14-21), Vancouver Coastal Health has organized a series of open houses for several of the key agencies supporting youth with alcohol and drug challenges. Drop in and meet the amazing staff and find out about the services they offer – click here for the schedule.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has opened a new centre to streamline access to mental health and substance use services. The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) at Vancouver General Hospital will take pressure off emergency departments and provide a central location where clients with mental health and substance use problems can access health care services and information, including an onsite assessment.
The Access and Assessment Centre consolidates a number of existing services under one roof, including Acute Home Based Mental Health Treatment, Mental Health Emergency Services (Car 87/88 partnership with Vancouver Police Department) and Vancouver Adult Mental Health Intake Assessment services. New services include self/family referrals, 24/7 phone & walk-in access, and in-depth screening to recommend the best next step for clients. Having one reception, phone and file for patients will lead to more coordinated service and care.
The AAC is a 24/7 Walk-in clinic and phone service for urgent and non-emergency access to VCH Mental Health and Substance Use services (phones & clinic are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). We provide onsite assessments, phone assessments and clinical outreach to adult (17+) Vancouver residents. No referral or appointment required.
Phone Number: 604.875.8289
Address: 711 West 12th Ave (enter through back lane behind 715 West 12th Ave “Health Centre”).
The Annual Family Conference on Saturday April 23, 2016 in Vancouver is sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Family Advisory Committee, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and Mood Disorders Association of BC. For more detailed information on the conference click here
Keynote Presentations include:
Access & Assessment Centre (AAC): A New Service for Vancouver Residents to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vancouver
Monica McAlduff (Director, Vancouver Mental Health & Substance Use Acute, Tertiary & Urgent Services); George Scotton (Manager, Vancouver Access & Assessment Centre, ACT & AOT)
Finding Clarity in Chaos: Principles for Developing Health and Recovery
Dr. Diane Fredrikson (Physician Lead, Early Psychosis Intervention Program, VCH)
When Treatments are Inadequate – New Hope for Patients
Dr. Randall F. White (Medical Director, B.C. Psychosis Program, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UBC)
Support for Families in Need
How Families Can Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care
The has been substantial increase in Fentanyl-related drug overdoses in British Columbia. For information on Fentanyl and how to treat someone you think might be experiencing an overdose click here
A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry by a team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at McGill University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying addiction in humans. For more information on this exiting new finding click here
Each week, CNN profiles someone who has faced a dramatic turning point in their life. This story describes how after losing his son to addiction, Kim Manlove found himself in a recovery centre and how he transitioned from grief to action to support other families struggling to find evidence-based addiction treatment in an environment dominated by stigma and shame. See the full story here…..
Take a look at Johann Hari’s very powerful and thought provoking TED talk on why we should reconsider how we support people with addiction. If you are looking for an easy to read, comprehensive and up-to-date review of the science of addiction we strongly recommend you also review this recent NIDA Publication on the topic .