Helping Those Who Struggle
With Substance Use
Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing Prince Albert Campus are taking a lead on research that will help people who use substances or suffer from substance abuse.
Drs. Geoffrey Maina, Brenda Mishak and Anthony de Padua are partnering with service providers, policy makers, administrators, patients and family members, community leaders, law enforcement and school board representatives from Prince Albert and Northern Saskatchewan to explore ways to prevent and respond to the addiction crisis in the region. In particular, their work is part of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) Prairie Node collaboration.
Working together with community partners in Prince Albert and Northern Saskatchewan, the researchers are looking into opportunities to develop community-based, client-led interventions that will improve the wellbeing of those living with addiction, as well as their families.
In June 2017, Drs. Maina, Mishak and de Padua brought together a diverse group of just over 50 stakeholders to share their experiences during a one-day community engagement and knowledge exchange forum in Prince Albert. The day included an opening prayer, a look at the addiction landscape in Prince Albert and a panel discussion with those affected by addiction. Community partners worked together in small groups to highlight the current strengths in the delivery of substance use and addiction services in Prince Albert and identified opportunities for change.
At the conclusion of the forum, stakeholders identified what they would like to see in the future for available addiction services and outlined four priority areas - prevention focused on upstream interventions, treatment, community interventions and harm reduction. Researchers are currently looking at the data they gathered from the event and have promised to get together again soon with the community partners to continue this work.
-Dr. Geoffrey Maina, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing
-Dr. Barb Fornssler, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, CRISM Prairies
The one-day community engagement and knowledge exchange forum was funded in part by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse – Prairie Node division and the University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing.