substance use

Substance Use Among Young Mothers: An Analysis of Facebook Posts

Oram D, Tzilos Wernette G, Nichols L, Vydiswaran V, Zhao X, Chang T. Substance Use Among Young Mothers: An Analysis of Facebook Posts. JMIR Pediatr Parent 2018;1(2):e10261 URL: DOI: 10.2196/10261
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Background:Substance use among young pregnant women is a common and significant public health concern associated with a number of adverse outcomes for both mothers and infants. Social media posts by young women can provide valuable, real-world insight into their perceptions of substance use immediately before and during pregnancy.


Disentangling substance use and related problems: urgency predicts substance-related problems beyond the degree of use

Hildebrandt, M.K., Dieterich, R. & Endrass, T. Disentangling substance use and related problems: urgency predicts substance-related problems beyond the degree of use. BMC Psychiatry 21, 242 (2021).
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Substance use disorders are reliably associated with high impulsivity and sensation seeking. Importantly, both precede problematic substance use, implicating them as risk factors. Individuals with substance use disorders show variable degrees of substance use (combined quantity and frequency) and substance-related problems and differ in both aspects from healthy controls.

Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) Conference


AMERSA 2021 features an exciting multidisciplinary line-up of engaging speakers and 100+ presentations, including oral abstract sessions, a live poster session and interactive skills-based workshops.

Full conference registration includes access to a matched mentor/mentee session, SIG meetings and member-coordinated extra-curricular activities such as morning Peloton sessions, yoga and a book club.

CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute


Mid-Year features 100+ sessions from substance use prevention experts in the field today and will provide you with innovative strategies that you can implement immediately.

Reducing Substance Use Stigma: The Role of First Responders

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Stigma is one of the biggest barriers people face when seeking care for substance use disorders. Designed for members of the law enforcement community, this webinar explored the relationship between substance use, the brain and mental health, and how stigma can be a barrier to accessing and receiving care.

Panelists also discussed the impact stigma has on people who use substances, their families and communities.

Issues of Substance Conference 2021


CCSA’s Issues of Substance is the flagship event of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), a non-profit organization that addresses issues related to substance use and addiction that affect the health and safety of Canadians.

Anxiety and Alcohol Use: What Clinicians Need to Know

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The Matilda Centre


Presented by Associate Professor Lexine Stapinski (the Matilda Centre) this webinar will lead to:

1. An understanding of typical patterns and issues relevant to the management of anxiety and alcohol use disorder comorbidity;

2. Introduction to an integrated cognitive behaviour therapy program that improves outcomes by concurrently addressing anxiety, alcohol use and the connections between them;

Greenspace programmes and problem substance use


DRNS is hosting an online event on Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm. This online seminar will be run by Wendy Masterton, a PhD student from the University of Stirling, who is undertaking a realist evaluation of greenspace programmes supporting people with problem substance use.