Cracked But Not Broken: CHEOS and UBC Host International Conference on Stimulant Use

Vancouver, April 16, 2008 — The UBC Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at Providence Health Care Research Institute will host “Cracked But Not Broken” an international conference that addresses stimulant use among adolescents and young adults April 18 - 20 at the UBC Life Sciences Centre.
International conference delegates will explore questions related to pregnancy, stimulant use, concurrent disorders and physical and mental illness associated with stimulant use and discuss the best evidence-based pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for adolescents.

“Stimulant use is especially commonamong adolescents and is generally associated with increased risk behaviour,” says Dr. Michael Krausz, Conference Director and UBC/Providence Health Care BC Leadership Chair in Addiction Research. “It can affect developmental capacities and also hinder a youth’s ability to engage in a productive lifestyle.”

Conference highlights include:

International Perspectives on Methamphetamine and Crack Use
April 18 (10am -12:30pm)
• Stimulant Use from a European Perspective - Dr. Michael Farrell London, UK
• Street Stimulant Use in Hamburg, Germany - Dr. Peter Degkwitz, University of Hamburg.
• Street Stimulant Use in Spain - Dr. Eugenia Oveido, UBC.
• Massive Increase in Crack Cocaine Use in Canada - Dr. Daniel Werb, UBC.

Risk Behaviour and Special Challenges:
Pregnancy and Motherhood, Physical Illness and Risk Behaviour
April 18 (1:30pm - 5pm)
• Drug Using Mothers, Roles and Risks of Stimulants - Dr.amelia Arria, John Hopkins University, USA.
• The Youth at Risk Survey - Dr. Cameron Duff, UBC. The purpose of the Vancouver Youth Drug Survey is to generate data on current and emerging alcohol and other drug use trends, providing important information to target service priorities and develop relevant, effective programs to best reach youth.
• The CEDAR Project - Dr. Patricia Spittall from UBC and Chief Wayne Christian from Enderby. The Cedar Project monitors HIV and Hepatitis Camong 600-1000 young Aboriginal people aged 14-30 who use injection and non-injection drugs in Vancouver, Prince George and, more recently, Kamloops.

Associated Concurrent Disorders
April 19 (9am - 12:30pm)
• Methamphetamine and Psychosis in Vancouver - Dr. William Honer, UBC.
• Mental Illness and Addiction in a Vulnerable Urban Population - Dr. William MacEwan, UBC.
• Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disordersamong Women in Pregnancy and Post-Partum - Dr. Shimi Kang, UBC.
• Combined Treatment Approaches for Opiate Addicts and Heavy Stimulant Users with Co-occurring Mental and Physical Disorders - Dr. Vincent Hendriks, The Hague, Netherlands.

A centre of the Providence Health Care Research Institute, the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) is an inter-disciplinary research collective founded to pursue excellence through the evaluation, interpretation and communication of health outcome research. CHÉOS works across all of PHC Research Institute's health disciplines including aging, cardiopulmonary health, urban health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and kidney health.

For a detailed conference agenda please visit: www.cheos.ubc.ca