8:00 - 9:30 AM Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:00 - 9:00 AM Join us for some Morning yoga with MacKenzie Godard
9:30 - 10:45 AM How We Talk About the Opioid Crisis | Moderator: Kathryn Gietsinger Panelist: Garth Mullins, Andrea Woo, and Sekani Dakelth
- Examine the role the media plays in shaping narratives around the opioid crisis.
- Identify how peer-driven and -created media to change perceptions around addiction and substance use.
- Discuss how to engage people with lived experiences and support platforms to tell their stories.
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break travel to breakout sessions
11:00 - 12:00 PM Detox in 2019, Preredictive Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale Implementation | Rupi Brar (Moderator), Sharon Vipler (Presenter), Panelists: Ron Joe, Jeff Harries, Ron Kuhlke, & Gerrard Prigmore
- Review the impact the opioid use guidelines have had on the provision of care for individuals with opioid use disorder presenting to withdrawal management centres
- Review current accessibility to care for individuals with alcohol use disorder
- Explore opportunities for creating an organized system of care for individuals with alcohol use disorder
- Review the PAWSS tool and how it could be used in an approach to caring for individuals with alcohol use disorder.
11:00 - 1:00 PM Family Stakeholder Breakout Session | Leslie McBain, Facilitators Nichola Hall, Khosrow Nikkah, Jennifer Cottell, Randy Puder, Deb Bailey, Louise Cameron, Nancy Murphy, & Schweta Pal
- Discuss how family members and caregivers can be most effective as system changers.
- Explore strategies for advocacy, activism, allyship, and health care systems navigation.
- Reflect on progress, discuss remaining challenges, and strategize for change.
11:00 - 1:00 PM Peers Stakeholders Breakout Session | Ann Livingston
- Discuss provincial challenges and priorities around health and human rights for people who use drugs across British Columbia.
- Explore opportunities, barriers, and collective next steps to enhance the capacity of provincial and local drug user organizations.
- Share tools, regional best practices, and mentorship opportunities."
11:00 - 1:00 PM Recovery Stakeholders Breakout Session | Carson MacPherson (Moderator) | Lorinda Strang & Susan Hogarth
- Identify promising models for recovery-oriented care, as well as challenges and opportunities for their implementation and evaluation.
- Reflect on progress, remaining challenges, and future steps in building effective health systems, education, and clinical tools that promote recovery.
11:00 - 1:00 PM Advocacy at the Front Lines: Practical tools to enact change (presentation followed by workshop) Moderator: Sam Robinson | Presenter: Andrea Burton, Greg Bushell & Gerald 'Spike' Peachey
- Identify various advocacy approaches and pros and cons of each.
- Develop an advocacy plan related to a topic of interest.
- Apply practical tools to advocate for change in current practice settings.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Cannabis and pain: where it began, where it is going… | M-J Milloy (Moderator) & Mark Ware (Presenter)
- Review the lower risk cannabis use guidelines
- Appreciate the basic science rationale for cannabinoid pain therapeutics
- Appraise the patient-centered and clinical evidence for cannabis use in pain management
- Consider therapeutic strategies in a context of legal cannabis access
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch & Networking Time
2:00 - 4:00 PM Combined Stakeholder Meeting (How can community work better with primary care providers) | Emma Garrod (Moderator) Panelists: Leslie McBain, Dean Wilson, and Carson MacPherson | Respondents: David Byres, Miranda Compton, Michael Norbury
- Share experiences across the three stakeholder groups around primary care access, quality, and consistency.
- Discuss stakeholder priorities, challenges, and progress in creating safe primary care for people impacted by substance use.
- Offer perspectives from government, providers, and researchers around how community priorities around substance use can be integrated into primary care practice
2:00 - 3:00 PM New Guideline for the Clinical Management of Alcohol Use Disorder | Paul Sobey (Moderator) & Keith Ahamad
- Describe AUD guideline process
- Identify gaps in care and paradigm shift needed for treating AUD in British Columbia
- Describe recommendations proposed by the guideline committee
- Overview of the research evidence used to derive the clinical recommendations for screening and brief intervention, withdrawal management, and relapse prevention.
2:00 - 3:00 PM Creating and Strengthening High-Functioning interdisciplinary Care Teams: Research & Practice | Christina Chant (Moderator), Maura MacPhee (Presenter), Panelist: Elise Durante, Reza Rafizadeh
- Explore literature pertaining to high-functioning interdisciplinary teams.
- Review barriers and facilitators to effective interdisciplinary teams in practice.
- Examine ways to help teams function effectively.
3:00 - 4:00 PM Real World Polysubstance Use Management & Cases | Leslie Lappalainen (Moderator) Mark McLean
- Define co-occurring substance use disorders and review available epidemiology on prevalence and associated harms.
- Describe common presentations of co-occurring substance use.
- Describe the risks, benefits, safe prescribing, and unique properties of pharmacotherapy options, where appropriate.
3:00 - 4:00 PM Cannabis Legalization and its Role in Addressing Problematic Substance Use | Rielle Capler (Moderator) M-J Milloy, Sarah Blyth, David Hutchinson & Ian Mitchell
- Gain understanding of the current status of cannabis laws and regulation (both medical and non-medical) in British Columbia and Canada.
- Be familiar with the current research on cannabis use as it relates to harm reduction and the treatment of problematic substance use
- Discuss how patients currently access cannabis to address problematic substance use
- Interpret the role health care professionals within this evolving area of practice.
- Interpret the challenges and opportunities for advancement of the use of cannabis to address harm reduction and problematic substance use.
Return to plenary room
4:00 - 4:45 PM Keynote: Why Does This Matter? | Guy Felicella
4:45 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks | Evan Wood