Mothering and Substance Abuse » Public Policy Initiatives

From Grief to Action supports the following initiatives:

Mothering and Substance Abuse

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A dedicated Canadian community of decision-makers, direct service providers, educators, NGO leaders, policy analysts, and researchers is ever engaged in preventing and mitigating addiction harm. To these individuals we are indebted for our National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

          In 2009 a national virtual Community of Practice (vCoP) provided the opportunity for a “virtual discussion” of issues, research, and programming related to girls’ and women’s substance use in the country. The aim of the discussion was to “gender” the national framework. 

          This discussion guide highlights one of the topics explored in the vCoP. Its purpose is to stimulate further conversation on addressing the needs of pregnant women and mothers in substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, service system planning, and policy making.

          The Community of Practice project was sponsored by the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia.