Canadaa??s Premier Conference on Substance Use and Addiction Begins Monday in Ottawa; Chief Public Health Officer of Canada To Provide Opening Remarks 

OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canada is dealing with an ongoing opioid crisis. New cannabis products are ready to hit store shelves next month. Methamphetamine use is increasing in the prairies. As we face these challenges, renowned experts and leaders will converge on the nationa??s capital next week to share their knowledge at Canadaa??s only national conference focusing on substance use and addiction.
Issues of Substance is presented by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). The sold out event a?? which takes place during National Addiction Awareness Week a?? runs from November 25a??27, 2019 at the Westin Ottawa Hotel. There will be over 650 delegates in attendance.Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada will open the conference on Monday morning. Dr. Tam will speak about her concern over stigma as a barrier to seeking and receiving treatment.a??This National Addictions Awareness Week, I hope that you will join me in taking a stand to declare that a??Stigma Ends with Me,a??a?? declares Dr. Tam. a??Those who are harmed by substance use are among the most stigmatized groups in our society, and we must reach out with respect and compassion to ensure they have access to treatments, supports and services that will meet their needs. Including the voices of Canadians with lived and living experience is vital to working collaboratively to find appropriate evidence-based approaches to address this complex problem.a??During the three day event, more than 100 presentations will be given and 90 posters will be presented, showcasing the latest research on substance use and addiction.
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