Media Advisory – CCSA to Launch Next Substance Abuse in Canada Report, Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences

OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2013 – The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) will release the 2013 Substance Abuse in Canada report, Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences, during the CCSA’s biennial Issues of Substance (IOS) 2013 conference. IOS 2013, Canada’s leading national conference for the substance abuse field, is taking place in Ottawa this week, November 4, 5 and 6 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, 101 Lyon St. North.

What: Media availability—national report release via news conference and live webcast

When: Monday, November 4, 2013
11:00 am (EST)

Where: Lobby, Penthouse Level
Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, 101 Lyon St North

Speakers: Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan, former Medical Advisor to the Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health in the US, and Founder and Former Director of Family Center, Comprehensive Services for Pregnant Drug Dependent Women in Philadelphia

Dr. Franco Vaccarino, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Toronto and Chair, CCSA Scientific Advisory Council

Dr. Colleen Dell, Research Chair in Substance Abuse, University of Saskatchewan

Moderator: Rita Notarandrea, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, CCSA

The national release of Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences is part of CCSA’s Substance Abuse in Canada (SAIC) research series.

Media On Site

Please come to the news conference registration desk in the lobby, Penthouse Level, Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel and present your media identification. Please note that media wishing to attend other IOS 2013 presentations must complete the conference media accreditation request.

Webcast Viewing Registration

To view the live webcast, media must register online separately for that event. Advance registration is recommended. (For some registrants, a short, easy-to-follow technical step is required for live webcast viewing.) Media are invited to send questions via email to the SAIC media contact below, using the subject line “SAIC media enquiry”.

About Issues of Substance (IOS) 2013

With the theme “From Knowledge to Know-How: Learn. Inspire. Change,” the sold-out conference organized by CCSA offers a comprehensive program of keynote presentations, workshops, exhibits, poster presentations and open forum discussions. Approximately 400 experts from the drug prevention, health promotion, treatment, research, law enforcement and government sectors will attend.

Conference themes include:

  • Aboriginal needs
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Cannabis and youth
  • Drug trends
  • Impaired driving
  • Mental health and substance use
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription drugs
  • Prevention and treatment
  • Workforce development for the addictions field
  • Women: drug use and needs
  • Youth drug issues

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians. CCSA activities and products are made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views of CCSA do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada.

Please view the IOS 2013 program for more details.

Media Contacts

SAIC news conference
Meredith Logan
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, CCSA
613-235-4048 ext. 240

IOS 2013 Conference General Media Enquiries
Tina Barton
Communications Advisor, CCSA
613-235-4048 ext. 230


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