High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth Conference

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The rising numbers of young people with high-risk substance use, especially suffering from overdose, is alarming. Adolescence and young adulthood (under the age of 25) is the period of highest incidence and greatest impact of mental health and substance use disorders, yet there are no youth-specific services in place. Further, youth are not benefiting from and are often excluded from most adult harm reduction and treatment services. We know that good and effective care for youth needs to address their complex age-specific needs. Youth’s pattern of use is more often explorative and nearly all youth who use substances experience early trauma experiences and mental health challenges. Any overdose event is an overall crisis and increases the risk for a following one. US statistic shows only a small minority of youth ending up in treatment after surviving an overdose.

Recognizing the desperate need for effective youth substance use services, we host this event to create an opportunity to address experiences in dealing with youth in the substance use field, the system of care as well as the treatment paradigms from diverse perspectives. The outcome of which should drive an effective response to this public health crisis
We want to raise awareness for this important aspect of the overdose crisis and initiate a debate on necessary initiatives to create a proper clinical system addressing adolescence. Further, we want to conduct more research on youth-specific needs and effective interventions to be included Today, adolescents in North America with high-risk substance use are rarely getting treatment even after the experience of an overdose; this must change and we hope you will be a part of this change

Michael Krausz MD, PhD, FRCPC
Leadership Chair, UBC Addiction Research
Chair, World Psychiatric Association Section on Addiction Psychiatry
President and Chair, InnerChange Foundation

Keynote Speakers

Dr Rachel Alinsky

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, John Hopkins School of Medicine

 

Dr Michael Krausz

Leadership Chair, UBC Addiction Research

Chair, World Psychiatric Association Section on Addiction Psychiatry

President and Chair, InnerChange Foundation

 

Dr Ian Hickie

Co-Director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Sydney