Mark Asbridge


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CRISM-Quebec-Maritimes: Research on interventions in drug misuse

2014/15-2020/21 • $2,374,845 • PI,CO,Other
Substance misuse remains a significant global public health problem which carries a heavy burden for abusers and their families alike. This disorder is indeed associated with suffering and severe health problems in patients, distress among family members, as well as tremendous costs to society....

Evaluation of the effect of cannabis legalization on road safety.

2017/18-2020/21 • $693,893 • PI,CO
Marijuana is the second most widely used recreational drug in the world after alcohol. It impairs the skills required for safe driving, and increases the risk of car crashes. The Canadian federal government will introduce laws to legalize marijuana in Apr 2017. It will then take approximately 18...

A comparative analysis of provincial/territorial harm reduction policy: Implications for expanding access to health services for people who use illicit drugs

2014/15-2017/18 • $493,799 • PI,CO,Other
Harm reduction is an approach to illicit substance use that focuses on providing health services to people who use drugs without necessarily requiring abstinence. Harm reduction services developed during the 1980s in the form of syringe exchange programs but since then, a number of other...

Development of a Canadian Youth Cannabis Survey: Understanding changing aspects of cannabis use among young Canadians

2017/18 • $99,820 • PI,CO,Other
Legislation has been introduced to legalize and regulate recreational use of cannabis, with implementation in July 2018. An important concern is protecting young people from potential harms of cannabis use. Cannabis use by Canadian youth is among the highest in the world, although recent trends...

Prescription Monitoring Programs for Regulating Opioid Prescribing: A Systematic Review

2017/18 • $67,846 • PI,CO,Other
Prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) play an important role in shaping opioid prescribing practices, by monitoring those receiving and providing opioid prescriptions, and storing this information in an electronic database. Most PMPs allow providers to access patient profiles in real time,...

Evaluation of speed limit changes in British Columbia.

2015/16-2016/17 • $249,662 • PI,CO
Many drivers exceed the posted speed limit and most do not fully appreciate the risks associated with higher speed travel. Groups opposing speed control push for increased speed limits and reduced speed enforcement. Most experts believe that higher speed limits are dangerous, but some believe...

Adolescent injury, substance use, and mental health: An exploration of rates, determinants, and comorbidities in Canadian survey data

2016/17 • $69,909 • PI,CO,Other
Injury is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in Canada. Recent estimates suggest the health and economic costs of injury in Canada is approaching $27 billion annually, with many thousand deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations. Adolescents are particularly at risk,...

Cannabis and Motor Vehicle Crashes: A Multicentre Culpability Study.

2010/11-2015/16 • $910,151 • PI,CO
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Canada and many drivers, especially young adults, report driving after using marijuana. Although there is abundant experimental evidence that marijuana, either alone or in combination with alcohol, impairs the skills required for safe driving,...

An assessment of the impacts of Canadian minimum legal drinking age legislation on motor vehicle collisions, Emergency Department utilization, and crime

2014/15-2015/16 • $208,962 • PI,CO
Alcohol use is the largest contributor to the global burden of injury, disability and mortality among adolescents and young adults aged 10-24 years old. As a result, countries worldwide have implemented minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) legislation that seeks to reduce alcohol-related harm among...

CIHR Team in Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,887,348 • PI,CO
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) accounts for 50% or more of all trauma deaths, and an estimated 2% of the population live with lifelong disabilities resulting from TBI. There appears to be a direct link between TBI and violence, which itself is a major issue for Canadians. The goal of the research...

Sexual Health Services and Sexual Health Promotion Among Undergraduate Students in the Maritimes

2012/13-2014/15 • $326,535 • PI,CO,Other
Background: Sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and other negative sexual health outcomes are well known threats to undergraduate university students' health and wellbeing. In addition, concerns about such issues as sexual assault and sexual identity, are common on university...

Effectiveness of booster seats in reducing injury and mortality in children 6 to 10 years of age: a systematic review of observational studies.

2014/15 • $60,000 • PI,CO,Other
Background: For children under ten years of age a booster seat may be used when transitioning from child seat to standard seatbelt. Booster seats are designed to elevate the child to an appropriate height to allow the safe use of a lap/shoulder belt. Considerable empirical work has been devoted...

Cannabis and traffic collisions: A case crossover study of patients presenting to tertiary care centres in Toronto and Halifax

2010/11-2013/14 • $210,000 • PI
Impaired driving is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada, and is an important issue to researchers, policymakers, and the public. Epidemiological evidence points to the profound effect of alcohol on road safety, and a number of important initiatives to combat this problem have...

Evaluation of traffic safety interventions in British Columbia.

2011/12 • $199,868 • PI,CO
Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), the leading cause of death in young adults, are a major societal problem. The majority of fatal crashes are caused by speeding, driving after using alcohol, and distracted driving. British Columbia recently changed its Motor Vehicle Act with laws that target these...

Reducing Alcohol-Related Problems by Implementing Evidence-based Tools that Translate Research Knowledge into Prevention Practice

2011/12 • $199,793 • PI,CO,Other
This project is based on recent international and national evidence on the rising rates of damage from alcohol and which policies and programs are most effective in reducing problems and damage from alcohol in a population. The project team will compare this evidence with what is actually...

Cannabis and traffic collisions: A case crossover study of patients presenting to tertiary care centres in Toronto and Halifax

2010/11 • $179,086 • PI,CO
Impaired driving is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada, and is an important issue to researchers, policymakers, and the public. Epidemiological evidence points to the profound effect of alcohol on road safety, and a number of important initiatives to combat this problem have...

Acute cannabis consumption and motor vehicle collision risk: A systematic review of observational studies

2010/11 • $38,673 • PI,CO
Impaired driving is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in Canada, and is a tremendous burden on health care. Recent evidence has shown cannabis as playing an important role in road safety. Surveys have demonstrated that driving under the influence of cannabis has caught up...

Problematization of OxyContin in the media and the subsequent effect on physician prescribing practices and patient use of OxyContin in Nova Scotia

2010/11 • $17,500 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
A growing number of studies are being conducted that examine the rates and predictors of violence in HIV-positive individuals. Much of the focus has been in women, and these studies often employ narrow definitions of violence (typically limiting violence to include only physical or sexual abuse,...

Individual, social and environmental predictors of successful youth smoking cessation

2010/11 • $17,500 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Fifteen percent of Canadian youth smoke despite knowledge of increased health risks. Most youth smokers report a desire to quit smoking and try to do so but are unsuccessful. Rates of youth and young adult smoking cessation are much lower than cessation rates for older adults. Many youth studies...

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