Drugs of Abuse: Types, Trends & Treatments

The Ontario Poison Centre in Toronto has been serving the general public and healthcare professionals throughout Ontario since 1977. Although the Poison Centre is located at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), our clientele includes both children and adults. The primary role of the Poison Centre is to provide telephone information and advice about exposures to poisonous substances, including drugs of abuse.

On Friday March 10, 2017 the Ontario Poison Centre will be hosting a conference focusing on the common and not-so-common substances of abuse found on the streets of Ontario. This conference hopes to provide participants with a greater understanding of the range of substances that are being abused in Ontario, how those substances are getting on the streets, and strategies for mitigating the risks these substances pose to the public health. Clinical assessment and treatment will also be an important focus. 

Conference Highlights include: 

  • The current drug problem in Ontario including the volume and variety of substances of abuse found on Ontario’s streets, the range of trafficking, smuggling and selling practices being utilized and local issues viewed in a more global context.
  • Best practice strategies in the recognition and management of newer drugs of abuse
  • Detecting Drugs of Abuse
  • The Global Picture And Boarder Security Update
  • Unravelling the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic in the US: Lessons for Canada
  • Toxicologist Panel Discussion
  • Cases from the Coroner

Conference Learning Objectives

After interactive participation in this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current drug problem in Ontario including:
    • The volume and variety of substances of abuse found on Ontario’s streets
    • The range of trafficking, smuggling and selling practices being utilized
    • Local issues viewed in a more global context
  • Recognize the significant risks that substances of abuse create for public health and identify strategies being employed to monitor and mitigate those risks
  • Identify best practice strategies in the assessment and management of the substance abuse patient

Accreditation Information

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, up to a maximum of 5.5 hours. 

Details

  • When

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    7:30 AM - 4:15 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
    686 Bay Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A4
    Canada

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