UPDATE: The BC Substance Use Conference scheduled for this June has been postponed as part of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
(updated Mar 26, 9:20 AM)
We are in the midst of a longstanding crisis of drug-related harms. The scope of this crisis has only become wider and the devastation more acute in recent years, notably sparking the declaration of a public health emergency in 2016. One thing that has become obvious in the midst of this crisis is that it will take the ongoing and effective collaboration of a variety of stakeholders in order to bring about urgently needed changes across the entire continuum of care.
We welcome everyone including addiction medicine clinicians, other health care providers, researchers, people with lived and living experience, families impacted by substance use, and policymakers — from all across the province and beyond — we will strategize ways that we can finally bring about effective policies, interventions, and solutions. Also you will have ample time to connect and learn from new colleagues, as well as cement relationships with familiar friends and allies from all across our province and country.
Come to share ideas, learn from others, build new paradigms for practice, and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the public health and health care systems.
Although our collective efforts are having an important impact, the past few years have sadly taught us that so much more still needs to be done to bring about an evidence-based approach to substance use and addiction in the province. We need more clinicians trained to provide the best evidence-based treatment in primary care settings; we need more innovative public health programming to address the toxic and deadly drug supply; we need to identify more evidence-based and effective treatments; and we need to create more access points to treatment, recovery, and care. We sincerely hope that this conference will help to ignite further efforts across our province. Through renewed efforts, we can all continue to make progress toward transforming and creating an evidence-based substance use system of care. Together, we can realize a future where substance use is understood as a public health issue rather than one for the criminal justice system, and where addiction is viewed and treated in the same light as any other health and social challenge.
THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - is now closed - notices will be sent in April.
New for 2020 - Opportunities to Sponsor
The BC Centre on Substance Use envisions a better world for people who use drugs, their families and people in recovery from addiction. At the BC Substance Use Changing Policy 2020 Conference, these individuals play an integral role in the planning, collaboration and action required to make change in our province. However, for many of these individuals, the cost of attending a conference can be a heavy financial burden. You can help us ensure their lived and living experience can be a vital part of our narrative with a financial contribution to the BC Centre on Substance Use.
Every dollar donated through this conference will go toward supporting involvement of people with lived and living experience (PWLE) at the BC Substance Use Conference. Some examples of what your support will allow include
$50 – meals for the day
$150 – Meals and childcare for the day
$200 – registration and meals for the day
$500 – registration, meals, and accommodation for one night
$800 – registration, meals, and accommodation for two nights
$1100 – registration, meals, and accommodation for three nights
$1500-2000 – Full registration, meals, accommodation, and travel to conference venue for all three days
Any amount you contribute will support the items listed above. Thank you for your generous support.
Click here to donate: https://support.ubc.ca/bccsu-community-engagement
Dear Parents! We have a dedicated breast feeding room set aside for this year.