This 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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