February 2009

Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Injuries

Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Injuries: An Overview
February 19th, 2009

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST


Dr. Robert Mann, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Robert Mann is a Senior Scientist with Public Health and Regulatory Policy Section in the Social, Prevention and Health Policy Research Department and an Associate Scientist with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto. Overview of Session: Dr. Mann will describe the extent of use of alcohol and illicit drugs in Canada, with reference to recent data from the Canadian Addiction Survey and other sources. The role of these substances in injuries will be described. The current understanding of how much of the burden of injury is related to alcohol and illicit drugs is subject to limitations of existing research, which will be discussed. Opportunities for prevention of alcohol and drug-related injuries will be identified, with particular reference to research on prevention of impaired driving collisions. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Identify the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Ontario and Canada
  • Understand the kinds of evidence linking substance use to injuries
  • Identify the substances responsible for the largest numbers of injuries in Ontario
  • Understand the evidence on the most effective means of prevention of alcohol and drug-related injuries

Please note that the dial in numbers are as follows: 1-866-542-4262 or 416-641-6119

Please use the "416" number if you are in Toronto and area.

Session Materials

Updated February 12, 2009