CCSA: Call for Abstracts


CCSA is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for IOS 2017. Abstracts must be submitted no later than January 27, 2017, as detailed below.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to submit abstracts that stimulate ideas and discussion, promote learning of knowledge and skills, and energize attendees to participate in debate.

Presentation Formats and Themes

We are seeking presentations, posters and workshops on policies, programs and frameworks that include evidence-informed practices, emerging research and innovative knowledge exchange strategies. Abstracts are welcomed on all substances, including alcohol, and licit and illicit drugs, and on gambling. Although all abstracts will be considered, we are looking for submissions that support the following subthemes:

  • Innovative and novel approaches to service delivery (e.g., technology-assisted therapy, mobile apps, therapy animals)
  • Substance use and co-occurring issues/disorders (e.g., mental health, suicide, trauma, family violence, intimate partner violence, chronic pain, FASD)
  • Responsible and problem gambling
  • Overdose prevention and management
  • Cannabis (e.g., policy development and implications, medical use, etc.)
  • Prescription drugs, including opioids
  • Indigenous approaches to addressing substance use and healing
  • Health promotion, substance use prevention and early identification
  • Alcohol
  • Public health approaches to substance use across the continuum of care (e.g., managed alcohol programs)
  • Recovery, health and well-being
  • Specific populations (e.g., youth, incarcerated persons, older adults, people who are homeless, new Canadians)
  • Sex- and gender-appropriate approaches to substance use
  • Drugs of evolving legal status (e.g., novel psychoactive substances, e-cigarettes)
  • Innovative methods to bringing research to practice
  • Stigma

Applicants must submit their abstracts by January 27, 2017. Abstracts should be 250 words or less in English or French and apply to one of the aforementioned formats. If you have any questions, please contact

For more information, including information on how to obtain presenter subsidies if qualified, please consult the Call for Abstracts document.

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