Free public screening followed by moderated, expert-led discussion about opioid addictions and related health and social issues.
Mon. 11 Jun 2018 (6:00PM-8:45PM)
Paul O'Regan Hall│Halifax Central Library│5440 Spring Garden Rd.
Come early, seating is limited. No reservations.
Blaise and Vanessa are outcast methadone users struggling to get by. Each day they push a broken-down lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass to make a little money. Tethered together, their getaway dreams are kept on a suffocatingly short leash. (IMDB summary edited)
Moderator: Tim Krahn (Research Associate, Novel Tech Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS).
Chris Clayton grew up in Halifax north end and has built strong community roots. His uncle Hoppy was instrumental with Mainline’s beginning and early on Chris became a fixed structure around the needle exchange, first as a client and now as an outreach worker. His many years of addiction has lead to his being incarcerated and upon his release he spent his time constructively rather than destructively by attaining his bricklaying and meat cutting trades. Chris worked as a volunteer medical escort at Northwood Manor and he is proving to be a strong role model for many in the community struggling with addiction and street life and plans to mentor for many years to come. Read further about Chris and his work found in this article by Julie Lawrence: "'I know them because I am them:' How Chris Clayton helps addicts."
Karen Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada. Her current research includes a project on occupational succession in rural families (which involves a documentary and photography component) and another on the intersections of citizenship, the work ethic and employment in rural places. Her past research includes studies of marginalized young people in Ottawa, youth outmigration from Atlantic Canada, precarious employment, intergenerational relations at work, and the meaning and measurement of 'productivity' in Canada. Karen serves on the advisory board of the Centre for Local Prosperity and was a founding member of Basic Income Nova Scotia.
Robert Strang is Chief Medical Officer of Health in Nova Scotia. As CMOH, he has provided leadership around the renewal of the public health system in Nova Scotia as well as raising awareness around the importance of creating policies and environments that support better health for Nova Scotian families and communities. He is passionate about public health and has worked with non-government organizations such as Smoke Free Nova Scotia, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Public Health Association of Nova Scotia. He is a co-chair of the The Pan-Canadian Public Health Network's Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.
Sherry Stewart is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, a Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health, and a licensed clinical psychologist in the province of NS. Sherry is also Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Gambling Issues and Associate Editor for Addiction. She has three decades of experience in researching the role of psychological factors in contributing to addictive behaviors and comorbid emotional disorders. Sherry has a particular interest in coocurring emotional disorders and addictions in women. She has published extensively on topics related to addiction, mental health, and their inter-relationships. Link here to her Mood, Anxiety, and Addiction Co-morbidity (MAAC) lab to find out more about her team's work.
Topics for discussion
- opioid use
- prescription drug misuse
- substance abuse
- clinical practice regulations
- pharmaceutical industry
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