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Pregnancy and Drug Use: emerging Trends in Policy and Practice
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
Edmonton, AB
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Pregnancy and Drug Use: emerging Trends in Policy and Practice
This one day session will address policy and practice issues for women who use substances during pregnancy. It will be of interest to physicians, social workers, frontline workers, nurses, policy makers/administrators and others with an interest in pregnancy and substance use. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Ron Abrahams (Fir Square, Vancouver)and Dr. Susan Boyd (see biographies below). We are awaiting confirmation from Lynn Paltrow with the National Advocates for Pregnant Women - stay tuned! The HER team will discuss practice issues and there will be a panel that includes women who have experienced pregnancy and substance use.

Dr. Ron Abrahams is a Family Physician in Vancouver. He is a Clinical Professor in the Dept of Family Practice at UBC and Medical Director of Perinatal Addictions at BC Women's Hospital as well as Consultant Physician at the Sheway Program.    
Dr. Abrahams is the founding Medical Director of the FIR (Families In Recovery) Rooming in program at BCWH-the first of its kind in North America. The unit has been named a "leading practice" by the Canadian Council of Health Accreditation, cited in the 2007 Kroeger Award for maintaining a high quality of care and recently demonstrated peer reviewed improved outcomes .
Since its inception 12 years ago, over 1300 women, their babies and families have benefited from this program,

For his work during the last 30 years he has been recognized as an invited speaker nationally and internationally for his role in developing evidenced based Harm Reduction guidelines and protocols for women with problematic substance use in pregnancy. He is an Associate of The School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and a Clinical  Investigator with The Women's Health Research Institute and he is  a Consultant to The Austria-American Institute and the Open Society Institute.

Dr. Abrahams received the 2008 Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence in Leadership for Harm Reduction Programs.

Susan Boyd, PhD, is a professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria and a member of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition's steering committee. She also works with local community groups in Vancouver such as the SALOME/NAOMI Association of Patients (SNAP). Her research contributions have been in the areas of women, drug law, policy and history; maternal/state conflicts; harm reduction; drug films, media and culture. She is the author of a number of articles and books, including: Hooked: Drug War  Films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.; From Witches to Crack Moms: Women, Drug Law, and Policy; Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the Myths, and co-author of: Killer Weed: Marijuana grow-ops, media, and justice; and Raise Shit! Social Action Saving Lives.


Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel (View)
10155 105 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1E2



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Non-Smoking: Yes!


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