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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is now accepting submissions for its Issues of Substance 2021 conference.

The conference acknowledges the principle that all voices should have a platform to share knowledge and experience. With this in mind, the organizers welcome submissions for research, program or policy abstracts (Academic Abstracts) and submissions based on personal experience related to substance use (Personal Experience).

Personal experience Submissions

Your personal submission idea should be relevant to the topic of substance use and have a message that can be presented with clarity to the audience.
Things to consider:

  • Providing an idea or message that could improve the work and understanding of conference participants of people with lived and living experience of using substances.
  • If you are a person with living experience (actively using drugs including alcohol), helping others understand the pros and cons of your experience could be helpful.
  • If you are a person in recovery, your recovery practices might open a door to possibilities others have not considered.

What to Include with Your Submission

Information on what to include with your submission can be found on the Issues of Substance website or in the official call for submissions.

How to submit your submission

You can submit your submission through either the academic abstract or personal experience portal, as appropriate. Once you create an account, follow the onscreen instructions to submit your submission.

If you need help with your submission, please consult Tips for Writing an Abstract and How to Tell a Story Safely resources. You can also email or call 1-833-235-4048 to speak with someone from CCSA for direct assistance.

Application deadline

You can submit your abstract in either category until Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


Please contact with any questions you have about the abstract submission process.

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