The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit invites anyone in the field of injury prevention to join our webinar presentations. Speakers from around the world make presentations on relevant topics related to injury prevention, with a focus on evidence-based information and new research.
Each year there are at least six one-hour presentations which include time for questions from participants.
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019, 10:00 AM PST
Cannabis and Motor Vehicle Collisions
Dr. Jeff Brubacher
Associate Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia
Emergency Physician, Vancouver General Hospital
Abstract: Acute cannabis use results in attention deficits, slowed information processing, impaired coordination, and slowed reaction time. Systematic reviews suggest that drivers who use cannabis have an increased risk of being involved in a collision, although the risk is less than that associated with alcohol. Young, inexperienced drivers may be at particularly high risk of crashing after using cannabis. Furthermore, cannabis combined with alcohol, even at low doses, causes significant impairment and likely results in a high risk of collision. Cannabis edibles have not been well studied but there is reason to think that edibles may pose a risk to traffic safety especially in cases of accidental ingestion or unintentional overdose. How much concern should we have regarding cannabis associated motor vehicle collision risks? This talk summarizes our knowledge regarding cannabis and motor vehicle collisions and provides recommendations.
Bio: Dr. Brubacher practices Emergency Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia. He is also an Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia Department of Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Program at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Dr. Brubacher’s research focuses on road safety with a special interest in drug impaired driving and traffic policy evaluation. Jeff received a scholar award and Health Professional Investigator (HPI) award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Dr Brubacher is principal investigator on an investigation of the role of cannabis in motor vehicle collisions. This research is funded by CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research), Health Canada, and Transport Canada.
JOIN THE WEBINAR (on Nov 21; no prior registration necessary)