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Making Sense of Polydrug Use: Challenges and Responses

August 22, 2017

The workshop Making Sense of Polydrug Use: Challenges and Responses will be held on Tuesday 22 August, 2017 in Helsinki. Guest speakers include Aileen O’Gorman (University of the West Scotland, UK) and Franҫois Lamy (Wright State University, USA).

It is frequently assumed that the use of multiple substances has increased substantially over recent decades. However, as a social and cultural phenomenon, polydrug use is manifold, diverse and wide-ranging. Even though the phenomenon is acknowledged, theoretical and empirical knowledge of it continues to be scarce and underdeveloped.

How is polydrug use defined? Who qualifies as a polydrug user? Why do people combine different substances? What are the harms of different polydrug use? Our knowledge of these issues is scant. Clearly, there is no unified concept of polydrug use, nor is there an established practice for measuring it.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Participation without presentation is also possible but registration is required. Registration will be open after 7 April 2017.

The workshop is hosted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Academy of Finland. The Nordic Welfare Centre is co-organising the event.

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