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Date: September 03, 2004

UVic Web Site Provides Addiction Information

Worried that your son is hooked on crystal meth? Anxious about your co-worker’s drinking? Concerned about your own use of prescription drugs?

A new portal created by the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. (CAR-BC) at the University of Victoria can help. The only one of its kind in B.C., the Substance Information LINK (www.silink.ca) provides “one-stop-shopping” for information relating to substance use.

“This new resource will assist British Columbians in responding to issues involving problematic substance use,” says Susan Brice, Minister of State for Mental Health and Addiction Services. “Government is proud to support the Communication and Resource Unit at CAR-BC. Its mandate to provide current and accurate information will ensure that every door is the right door for those seeking help with their addiction in B.C.”

The site is the unit’s first project. “What’s unique about this site is that it assists people in different service areas—such as teachers, counsellors, medical staff, police officers and concerned citizens—and it covers the entire scope of addictions,” says Dan Reist, the unit director. “It’s also the only source of substance use information that is selected and developed specifically for B.C.”

CAR-BC was established by an endowment from the B.C. Addictions Foundation in the spring of 2003. Its mission is to facilitate population health research on the understanding, prevention, and treatment of addictions. UVic is the lead agency for this provincial research and applications network which includes UBC, UNBC, and SFU as well as government and community agencies responsible for public policy and service delivery.

According to the recently released B.C. Ministry of Health Services document, Every Door is the Right Door, approximately 33,000 British Columbians have a dependence on illicit drugs.

Media contacts:
Dan Reist (CAR-BC) at (604) 408-7753 or dreist@uvic.ca
Lisa Brewster (Ministry of Health Services) at (250) 952-1881 or lisa.brewster@gems7.gov.bc.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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