Sex and Drugs Blog Series: An Introduction
Posted by Eric Roth on Monday, April 14, 2014.
It is my pleasure to introduce and provide an overview for the next Centre for Addictions Research of BC theme in the Matters of Substance blog series. This upcoming theme is succinctly and provocatively entitled Sex and Drugs. Our contributors will look at the intersection between substance use, sexual behaviour, pleasure and risk from a variety of perspectives and in a broad set of contexts. While all blogs are based on empirical data, authors also consider emerging theories attempting to explain substance use and sexual behaviour linkages. Scanning upcoming blog titles, I discern at least two major themes corresponding to current research on this topic. The first examines the relationship between sexual behaviour and the rationale for and consequences of associated substance use, while the second examines patterns and levels of substance use by sexual orientation. Read more
Harm Reduction in BC: We set the pace, but can we keep it up?
Posted by Alissa Greer on Monday, April 7, 2014.
The harm reduction series on CARBC’s Matters of Substance blog has spent the past three months examining the scope of harm reduction as an approach to reducing harms of drug and alcohol use. These posts explore harm reduction as we know it today by going beyond evidence of injection drug users engaged in HIV prevention programs; rather, we establish that harm reduction now includes a wide range of user-informed, user-specific initiatives. For instance, some of the blog contributions include introductions to crack kit distribution, safe consumption services, syringe access for prisoners, opioid substitution treatment, managed alcohol programs, Housing First programs, and even e-cigarettes. Such initiatives have shaped a public health landscape in BC that focuses not on drug and alcohol use itself, but instead on the determinants of health which influence safer substance use environments. Read more