Search Resources (English): Substance use

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Highs & lows: Canadian perspectives on women and substance use  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39425

Discusses substance use among girls and women in Canada. Looks at what substances Canadian women use, what are the gendered influences on women's substance use, and what are the challenges.

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Published: Spring/Summer 2008
Women-centred harm reduction  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/GenderingNatFrameworkWomencentredHarmReduction.pdf

Provides discussion guide to stimulate conversation on gendered approaches to harm reduction. Developed from the work of the Community of Practice (vCoP) that served as a mechanism for “gendering” the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

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Published: 2010
Mothering and substance use: approaches to prevention, harm reduction and treatment  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/GenderingNatFrameworkMotheringandSubstanceUse.pdf

Provides discussion guide 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. Developed from the work of the Community of Practice (vCoP) that served as a mechanism for “gendering” the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

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Published: 2010
Women and alcohol  
http://www.hcip-bc.org/resources-for-women/documents/BCCEWHWomenAlcoholBrochureLR.pdf

A booklet for women and girls about the impact of alcohol on your health. Includes recommended low-risk drinking guidelines. Produced by the Act Now BC Healthy Choices in Pregnancy initiative (British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, the BC Perinatal Health Program and the Province of British Columbia).

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Poly-substance use among male and female street youth in Toronto, Canada  
http://www.socialinquiry.org/articles/IJSI-V2N22009-007.pdf

Examines how health and social factors may have different impacts on street youths’ drug use patterns according to gender.

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Published: 2009
Trauma-informed practice in mental health and substance use fields (webinar)  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/news-events/default.htm

An introduction to trauma-informed and trauma-specific practice, with examples of how people are embedding trauma informed and trauma specific care in various settings in Canada, discussion of why there is a need to focus on trauma informed care in systems development work, and summary of key issues, themes and resources, highlighting promising practices and tensions. Presenter Nancy Poole is the Director of Research and Knowledge Translation at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. She is well known for her work on research, training and policy initiatives related to women’s substance use, mental health, and experience of violence with governments and organizations on local, provincial and national levels. She is the co-editor of a book on trauma-informed care to be published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Published: 2012