Hear the evidence and join the conversation about action and responses to the overdose emergency. Led by a diverse panel of experts, this event will cover a broad range of topics, from the impact of the crisis on Vancouver Island to the role of stigma, the changing service landscape, the power of peer and family support, and the case for innovation in the way we view and treat addiction.
This event is a collaboration between Island Health, the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research of BC, and SOLID (Society of Living Illicit Drug Users).
2:00-2:15 pm: A Discourse on Our Dependency on Current Opioid Overdose Numbers: Stigma, Statistics and Stasis
Dr. Richard Stanwick, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), FAAP; Chief Medical Health Officer, Public Health.
2:15-2:30: From Evidence to Implementation: Responding to BC’s Overdose Emergency
Bernie Pauly, RN, PhD; Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of BC; UVIC Provost’s Community Engaged Scholar; Island Health Scholar in Residence
2:30-2:45: It’s Our Community: Peer Work in an Overdose Crisis
Jack Phillips, Outreach Coordinator; Peer Support Coordinator; Community Advocate; Overdose Response Worker, SOLID (Society of Living Illicit Drug Users)
2:45-3:00: Critical Engagement: Collaborative Research throughout the Overdose Crisis
Bruce Wallace, PhD; Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Collaborating Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria
3:15-3:30: Compassion in Action: Practices of Inclusion and Engagement
Stephanie McCune, PhD; Substance Use Knowledge Exchange Manager, Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Island Health
3:30-3:45: Docs Prescribing Heroin... Wow!
Dr. Ramm Hering (MD CCFP MSc Dip PH, Dip ABAM); Addiction Medicine Physician, Pandora Clinic; Island Health Physician Lead, South Island Rapid Access Addiction Clinic and Addiction Medicine Consult Service
This event is part of Five Days in May 2017, Island Health's flagship health research month. Five Days in May is designed to educate, inform, inspire, and stimulate. Every year, we bring together researchers and students, patients and healthcare providers, decision-makers and members of the public to share ideas and spark innovation.