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The management of psychoactive substances e.g., alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, psychedelics, stimulants, and opioids is an important public health issue. This presentation will describe a public health approach to psychoactive substances, identify the main determinants of benefits and harms, and discuss how a public health approach could be applied to the management of psychoactive substances, using cannabis as an example.
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Presenter: Dr. Brian Emerson
Dr. Brian Emerson was a medical health officer in a number of public health units in British Columbia for 16 years before joining the BC Ministry of Health in 2013.
Dr. Emerson was responsible for coordinating development of a new Public Health Act for BC, is chair of the Health Officers Council of BC Psychoactive Substances Committee, co-chaired development of the Canadian Public Health Association position paper on a public health approach to illegal psychoactive substances, and is co-chair of the Prevention Implementation Team of the “First Do No Harm” national strategy to reduce the harms associated with pharmaceutical psychoactive substances.
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