Publications: Alcohol, Cannabis & Opioids

Mothering and Opioids: Addressing Stigma – Acting Collaboratively

Much is changing in the substance use and child welfare fields to bring forth approaches that are culturally safe, trauma informed, harm reduction-oriented and participant-driven. This toolkit highlights these advances and invites people to think about how we can continue to improve our work, in partnership with the women who use these services. The toolkit is designed primarily for substance use and child welfare practitioners, as well as other service providers and health system planners who offer services to, or design services with, pregnant women and new mothers who use substances. View PDF

Sex Gender and Cannabis

This report reviews current research and data on cannabis use and its effects in order to highlight sex and gender related factors and issues. It is one of the products of a policy-research partnership project funded by Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health and managed by the Gender Health Unit of the Strategic Policy Branch of Health Canada. View report

Doorways to Conversation: Brief Intervention on Substance Use with Girls and Women

Because substance use has wide-ranging effects on many different aspects of life, service providers across a range of health care and social service settings can have an important role in addressing the potential harms of substance use and improving overall health. This resource focuses on brief intervention with girls and women in the preconception and perinatal period. Service providers from a range of backgrounds will find it relevant to their practice.

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Brief Intervention on Substance Use with Girls and Women: 50 Ideas for Dialogue, Skill Building, and Empowerment

Brief interventions are collaborative conversations between an individual and a health care or social service provider about a health issue. This resource focuses on brief intervention on substance use with girls and women in the preconception and perinatal period in addressing the potential harms of substance use and improving girls’ and women’s overall health.

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New Terrain: Tools to Integrate Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy


This toolkit provides information about trauma, gender, and sex informed programs, initiatives and projects to share in staff training, program planning and evaluation, and to assist in supporting these approaches in programs and organizations. It also includes specific tools to support practice and policy change. It is one of many publications created as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use Project.

This resource has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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50 Trauma, Gender, and Substance Use Cards

These cut-out cards contain key points from the academic research literature on the intersections of trauma, gender, and sex and its role in substance use services and policies. They were developed for a workshop called “Becoming Trauma- and Gender-Informed” held at the Issues of Substance conference hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction in November 2017.
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Trauma Informed Practice and the Opioid Crisis: A Discussion Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers


This discussion guide is intended to stimulate further conversation on “becoming trauma-informed” and assist health care and social service providers in considering additional ways of addressing the opioid crisis in their particular context. It is one of many publications created as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use Project.

This resource has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Women and Opioids: Media Guide

This backgrounder on women and opioids is based on research showing that many women are affected differently from men by the opioid crisis and that prevention and intervention approaches require attention to these differences. Includes suggestions for better reporting on women and opioids along with a brief overview of research and trends in Canada.

This media resource was created by researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use Project and in partnership with the Canada FASD Research Network. CEWH is hosted by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Funding for the creation of this guide was provided by Health Canada. The views herein are not necessarily those of Health Canada.
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Sex, Gender and Opioids

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes sex- and gender-based factors impacting opioid use and treatments.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/Gender/ Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Sex, Gender and Alcohol

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes sex- and gender-based factors impacting alcohol use and treatments.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/ Gender/ Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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Sex, Gender and Cannabis

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes what we know so far about sex- and gender-based factors related to cannabis use.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. Revised February 2018.

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Women and Cannabis

This resource was developed through the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network. It was updated September 2017 with new research and uses the scientific name, cannabis, rather than the common name, marijuana.

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Women and Prescription Opioids

This resource was developed through the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network. Updated September 2017

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Women and Alcohol

This resource was developed through the support of the Education Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network. Updated September 2017

 

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Gender Informed Approaches to Substance Use Resource List

TIGI SubUse pictureAn overview of gender-informed resources in the substance use field.

This is one of 3 resource lists focusing on gender, trauma and substance use, and has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada.

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Women, Girls and Prescription Medication – Report

CrismCoverThis report describes research about the use of prescription pain medications by girls and women, focussing on the links to experiences of trauma and chronic pain. The goal of the research was to provide a foundation for identifying program and policy issues and research questions. The project involved: 1) a scoping review on sex- and gender-based risks, issues, and treatment considerations; 2) an environmental scan involving treatment providers, practitioners, community advocates, researchers, policy makers and medical school instructors to identify priority research and practice issues; and, 3) consultations to identify key issues, priorities and recommendations. The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM).

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Women and Prescription Pain Medications Infographic

This resource was developed as part of a project funded by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse.
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Alcohol and Pregnancy Warning Signage Fact Sheet

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Women and Alcohol: A Women’s Health Resource

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This resource was written by women for women, to provide useful information about alcohol and to help women make healthy and well-informed choices about alcohol use.

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Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use Substances: What Communities are Doing to Help

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use SubstancesCanada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on Prevention from A Women’s Health Determinants Perspective, 2012

In this document, we profile the development of single-access programs in four different communities and talk about why this type of program works.

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Double Exposure: A Better Practices Review on Alcohol Interventions During Pregnancy

Double Exposure for WebPrepared by Tessa Parkes, Nancy Poole, Amy Salmon, Lorraine Greaves, and Cristine Urquhart, 2008.

This report is a review of evidence from peer-reviewed literature on the topic of interventions aimed at supporting women to reduce their use of alcohol in the childbearing years. The phrase, “Double Exposure” in the title reflects our concern with the effects of alcohol on both the woman and the fetus and underlines the importance of addressing women’s health and women’s circumstances during pregnancy to optimize health.                                                            View PDF

Manufacturing Addiction: The Over-Prescription of Benzodiazepines and Sleeping Pills to Women in Canada

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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003

This report describes benzodiazepines, prescribing rates and practices, and their effect on women in Canada. Based on this information, recommendations are made regarding policy and intervention strategies to address the effects of benzodiazepines and sleeping pills on women, families and society in Canada.

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Women’s Health: Setting a Women-Centred Research Agenda-Final Report

FAS_Research_Agenda cvrLorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole and Renée Cormier
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2002

This report examines the issues related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) using a women’s health framework. The report describes a research agenda developed using an evolving model of “women-centred care” that encompasses women’s health issues and contributes to a preventative approach to FAS.

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