Join Us for a Special Series of PHO Rounds on Substance Use


14 Feb 2018

Substance use has been thrust into the spotlight in the past year, with the rapid increase of opioid-related deaths and the Health Minister calling the opioid crisis a “public health emergency”. Coupled with the impending cannabis legalization fast approaching in July 2018, it’s becoming more important to establish public health approaches to mitigate the burden of substance use. In such a quickly changing environment, public health professionals are asking, “Can we keep up”?

“This series provides a much needed forum for us to discuss recent developments, explore opportunities, and advance practice related to substance use.”

— Pamela Leece, Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario

In response to this evolving environment, Public Health Ontario is introducing a PHO Rounds series that will focus on substance use to provide up-to-date and relevant information that will help you and your team feel more prepared. Our series will focus on surveillance data, local responses, and evaluation approaches – all presented by the foremost experts in each of these areas. Please join us for the following three sessions:

Upcoming presentations

Tuesday, March 13:  Community-based Integrated Drug Strategies: Fit for Success? 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Michael Parkinson, Drug strategy specialist, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council      

Rob Schwartz, Executive Director, of Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Tuesday, April 17:  Legalization of Cannabis, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Elena Hasheminejad, Public Health Nurse and member of the Ontario Public Health Association Cannabis Task Force

Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel

Thursday, May 24:  Opioid Surveillance Panel, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Presenters to be announced.

How can I register?

Visit our a Events page for more information on each session, including registration links. If you have any questions, please contact the PHO Events Team at

Past presentations

Tuesday, February 13:  Opioid Early Warning Systems, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m

Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit.


Missed a presentation? Visit our presentations page to check it out at a later time.

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Updated 14 Feb 2018