The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) is a national network of researchers, service providers, policy makers and people with lived experience of substance use dedicated to translating evidence-based interventions for substance use into clinical practice, community-based prevention, harm reduction and health system changes. In response to the ongoing overdose crisis, CRISM has launched a national project to provide additional evidence and develop guidelines for the treatment and prevention of opioid-related disorders among youth. Drs. Fast and Knight are leading the British Columbia node of this national project, which will involve a critical gap analysis of existing substance use services for youth across BC, focus groups conducted with youth in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Prince George, a national youth summit, and a series of knowledge translation activities conducted with youth, service providers and other key stakeholders.


The objectives of the study are to:

  1. Guide service providers and policymakers to reflect on their current interventions and approaches, then review the extent to which their current strategies correspond to the perceived needs of young people.
  2. Support service providers to develop their understanding and knowledge of the needs young people, and increase their ability to implement new evidence-based interventions.
  3. Facilitate and expand the implementation of evidence-based and youth-driven/informed interventions that could directly or indirectly impact on youth opioid-related behaviors.


Throughout all stages of the research, we are working closely with the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS) Peer Research Team and Youth Advisory Council.

Our other partners include:

  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver-Directions Youth Services
  • UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association)
  • YMCA of Northern BC-Youth Around Prince and Foundry
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna-Foundry


Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Interested in finding out more about the CRISM At-Risk Youth/Newer Users Study?

Please contact Danya Fast at [email protected].

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