• CRISM is happy to inform you of the following changes to its name:
    • English: Canadian research initiative in substance Matters
    • French : Initiative canadienne de recherche sur les impacts des substances psychoactives

    The term «Misuse» in the name has been contentious for some time, with node members calling to change it. To keep the CRISM acronym and branding, «Matters» is replacing misuse as it is more accurate to the consortium’s reach and breath. 

    French required 2 changes, thus modifying the acronym from ICRAS to ICRIS.  

    Thank you for being supportive of this change.


  • It is our great pleasure to share the very good news that CRISM Prairies and the national CRISM network are renewed for an additional six-years (to 2028)!
    The Prairie Node team would like to thank each member of the network for providing ideas, feedback, and support during the renewal application process. We look forward to collaborating with new partners and enhancing existing relationships during this next phase. There are now five nodes in the network including: British Columbia (NPI Evan Wood), Prairies (NPI David Hodgins), Ontario (NPI Jürgen Rehm), Quebec (NPI Julie Bruneau), and Atlantic (NPI Sherry Stewart).
    Congratulations to the CRISM Prairies network! We look forward to this important work ahead!

  • Meet the new Prairie Node leadership team.
  • The Research Development Grant program is offering six $10,000 grants this year, with review taking place 4 times per year.
  • We will continue the CRISM-AHS Advancement of Analytics in Substance Use program
  • Be sure to visit our publications page where we host 100s of publications from Node members, available here.
  • CRISM’s first clinical trial (OPTIMA) is complete and the publications are available here.
  • During the early stages of the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, the national CRISM network brought experts from across the country together, developing six national guidance documents in just three months, to address the urgent needs of people who use substances, service providers, and decision makers.
  • Nationally CRISM also undertook twelve Emerging Health Threat Implementation Science Program initiatives, with each node facilitating three initiatives according to regional strengths and expertise. While these projects will continue, bridging our transition into the next phase, one example of the resources produced to date from these efforts is the website Why SCS: Information about Supervised Consumption Services in Canada. Evidence briefs and accompanying infographics are available on the website in English, French, and Spanish.
  • These are some of the many successes we’re building on for our work ahead as CRISM 2.0!
  • CRISM will be updating the 2018 National Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guideline.

Please view the Newsletters and Bulletins for more information.

What is CRISM?

CRISM is the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Matters.

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), CRISM (previously known as the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse), is a national network of researchers, service providers, policy makers and people with lived experience.  CRISM ’s overall objective is to translate evidence-based interventions for substance misuse into clinical practice, community-based prevention, harm reduction, and health system changes.  Our intent is to support the creation of more effective, personal, and adoptable intervention programs and services. The National CRISM website may be found at:

What is the CRISM Prairie Node?

Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have excellent researchers investigating substance use/addiction interventions (including prevention, harm reduction and specialty-based addiction treatment) delivered in the clinic, the community, and in academic research settings.  Each Province funds treatment and prevention of substance use/addiction and has developed strategic plans through their respective Ministries of Health and Regional Health Authorities.  But to date, these assets have operated either in isolation, or as part of small provincial teams.

Become A Member

Interested researchers, service providers, and decision-makers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the 3 Territories are invited to become members of the CRISM Prairie Node. Members will have access to CRISM resources and support, and we anticipate that Members will become more or less active in the Node depending on opportunities and interests. If you would like to become affiliated with the CRISM Prairie Node, please access the online survey link below. It takes no more than 10 minutes to complete the questions.  The survey asks about you and your interests, and by completing it, you will help us tailor regional Node activities to your interests. The information we collect will be used for planning purposes, will be stored securely in a password-protected network, and will be used to develop a Node member database.

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