Let’s Talk Overdose 2022

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April 6, 2022
Early risk – Early intervention: Overdose among Youth

Changing drug markets and the COVID-19 pandemic have created an increasingly serious need to develop specific solutions for young people at risk of overdose. Everyone is welcome to join the conversations about early intervention, prevention and youth-focused treatments for high-risk substance use.

April 7, 2022
Synergy for Change!

Over 2,000 people passed away due to overdose in British Columbia in 2021 alone (BC Coroner’s Report, 2022). This event will proceed with a sense of urgency to address the ongoing crisis and co-create solutions. Featuring politicians, healthcare workers, support workers and people with lived experience, this international conference will aim to create global consensus for action amongst thousands of attendees.

Meet our Keynote speakers


Dr. Nick Mathew

Clinical Associate Professor, UBC




Dr. Martha Ignaszewski

Psychiatrist & Education Lead, Complex Pain and Addiction Service




Dr. Pouya Azar

Medical Manager, Complex Pain and Addiction Service, Vancouver General Hospital




Dr. Pat McGorry

Executive Director, Orygen




Dr. Maurice Cabanis

Medical Director, Clinic for Addiction Medicine and Addictive Behaviour, Klinikum Stuttgart




Dr. Michael Krausz

LEEF Chair in Addiction Research




Conference FAQs

Q: What platform is the conference taking place on?

We are using an event platform called Whova for this event. Whova helps you find zoom links for sessions you would like to attend. You can also use the platform to find the program and network with other attendees. You will get a link to Whova after registering.

Q: How can I present my work at the conference?

You can submit an abstract here for an e-Poster, Lightning Talk or Video until March 14, 2022. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis and submissions are open to everyone.

Q: How can I promote this event to my networks? 

You will be able to find the promotional toolkit at the bottom of this page which includes graphics for social media, websites and newsletters (Coming soon!). Please reach out to us at acdevents@cheos.ubc.ca for more information or graphics. Thank you for helping us promote this important event!

Q: How can I be a partner or sponsor of this event? 

Thank you for your interest in supporting our event! We are open to partnerships and sponsorships with a wide variety of organizations, research groups and academic bodies. Please contact acdevents@cheos.ubc.ca for inquiries.

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Lightning Talks, e-Posters and Video Abstract Submission

Submissions for e-Posters, Lightning Talks and videos will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 14, 2022. We recommend submitting your abstract as early as possible. Submissions are open to everyone. The abstract selection committee will be accepting submissions focused on critical topics related to substance use care, overdose prevention and early intervention for youth, current best practices, or other topics related to the overdose crisis.  Presenters will be sharing their work with international experts, students and industry professionals. There is no cost to present at this event.

Abstract submission form: https://forms.gle/XHNWvouasR3V3Q8A9

Lightning Talks:

Lightning talk presenters will have 5 minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds (20 slides total). Talks should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Effective care for adolescents and young adults 
  • Disruptive system changes to protect our youth 
  • Changing drug markets 
  • What is working in drug treatment and prevention globally 

Lightning Talks will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Covers a critical topic related to substance use care, overdose prevention and early intervention for youth, current best practices, or other topics related to the overdose crisis. 
  • Reflects lived experiences
  • Appropriate and important for the target audience
  • Presents a clear position
  • Communicates thought-provoking ideas

Completed slides will need to be submitted about one week prior to the conference in ppt format. Please find previous lightning talk presentations here.


Presenters will have the opportunity to share their work in an electronic poster that will be posted on our website. Topics can include anything relevant to the theme of solutions for combating the overdose crisis, including substance use, overdose prevention and early intervention for youth. e-Posters will need to be submitted about one week prior to the conference in PDF format. Please find the previous e-Poster gallery here. 


Presenters will have the opportunity to create and share short videos (<4 minutes) on topics related to the overdose crisis, including sharing best practices, lived experience, youth-specific interventions or other solutions for combating the overdose crisis. The purpose of these video submissions is to start conversations about experiences, innovations and perspectives on relevant topics. Videos will be posted on our Youtube channel and some will be played during the conference. Videos will need to be submitted about one week prior to the conference. 

Youth Case Competition

Are you a young person interested in developing public health solutions? Do you want to use your research skills in a team setting to have an impact? Register for our innovative case competition today!

Teams of 1-5 will submit their new solutions to the overdose crisis to a panel of judges. Finalists will be invited to present their solution at the virtual 'Let's Talk Overdose' conference on April 6, 2022. The winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to get involved in the Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Research Group.

View the case package here

Register here by March 21, 2022


Design an intervention (program, technology etc) that addresses one or more of the above areas of focus, with an emphasis on youth. The goal of your idea should be to reduce the severity and impact of substance use and overdose among youth. Your solution should be evidence-based and can incorporate information found in the background information section of this package as well as your own research. Your solution should be realistic, focused on one region or city of your choice and have a reasonable budget. You must describe how your initiative can be implemented and sustainable for the long-term. We encourage you to be creative, innovative and think outside the box! 

- This case competition is open to anyone aged 25 and under. You can participate from anywhere in the world.
- You can participate as an individual or in teams of up to 5 people
- Teams must register prior to March 21, 2022 

Round 1 
Each team will submit a 1-2 minute video that outlines the areas(s) of focus you are addressing, the main idea of the solution, and how it will be implemented. This first round is an overview of your solution, so you do not need to include detailed information. This video can use visual aids, slides or any other creative elements. The submission form link will be emailed to registered groups. Please upload your video onto Youtube and include the link in the submission form. If you have any trouble uploading your video or would rather submit in a different format, please email acdevents@cheos.ubc.ca.  

Examples of previous Round 1 submissions can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbLJljzDKGk&list=PLS84kiEDGvNwDHHIBnZGBIFje1WZkufsb 

Round 2 
The finals of this competition will happen live at the ‘Let’s Talk Overdose’ virtual event on April 6 from 11:15-12:15pm. Finalists will present for 5-7 minutes on their initiative in front of attendees and a judging panel. If no members of a finalist team are able to attend, a 5-7 minute video can be submitted. Each team will have a 5-minute Q & A period after their presentation. This presentation can include any visual aids and should provide detailed information about your solution based on the rubric.  

Examples of previous Round 2 solutions can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTgAxttYORI 

Full details can be found in the case package.

Promotional Toolkit

Looking to promote this free event to your networks? Download our promotional graphic here.

Join us at the virtual Let's Talk Overdose conference on April 6 & 7 to learn about the impacts of the ongoing opioid overdose crisis and co-create solutions. This free event will bring together over 2000 people over two days to share knowledge and create consensus on the next steps. To learn more and register, visit bit.ly/ltod22