The COVID-19 Pandemic and Youth Opioid Crisis in North America

A recent article commentary published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry highlights the parallel COVID-19 pandemic, mental health epidemic and opioid crisis that are currently occurring in Canada. In their article, Dr Ranmalie Jayasinha, Stephanie Nairn and Dr Patricia Conrod underscore the urgent need for online and distance delivered preventative mental health interventions to support youth and young adults who are at increased risk for opioid misuse and overdose during this unprecedented time.

Ontario PreVenture Facilitator Training Workshop

In September 2019, the Ontario CUSP site delivered a successful two-day PreVenture facilitator training to 16 clinical staff from the York Region District School Board. The sessions were led by local PreVenture trainer Gisella Ragno with support from PreVenture trainers Dr Ranmalie Jayasinha and Gabriella Anderson from the Montreal co-ordinating site. The newly trained facilitators will be implementing the PreVenture program to high schools as part of the CUSP trial in 2020.