-Dr. Dell is a Principal Investigator on the Prairie Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), CRISM is a national network of researchers, service providers, policy makers and people with lived experience. In September 2015, four regional CRISM Nodes, one each located in BC, the Prairies, Ontario, and the Quebec/Atlantic regions, began operations.
CRISM ’s overall objective is to translate evidence-based interventions for substance misuse into clinical practice, community-based prevention, and health system changes. The intent is to support the creation of more effective, personal, and adoptable intervention programs and services. A description of Dr. Dell’s lead project with Dr. Nathaniel Osgoode – The Impact of Service Dogs in the Lives of Veterans Who Problematically Use Opioids – is available here.
Dr. Dell is also a Co-Investigator with the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and Dr. Chris Mushquash on one of 12 CIHR Emerging Threat Implementation Science Program Projects on Opioid Interventions and Services – The Opioid Crisis: An Indigenous Response.
-When cannabis was legalized in the United States, there were substantial increases to marijuana-related calls to poison control centres and visits to children’s hospitals. Pets are just as vulnerable and often a viable gateway to knowledge sharing conversations. Dr. Dell’s office worked with U of S Peer Health, U of S Be Well Wellness Strategy, and What’s Your Cap to develop a Can Your Cannabis container outlining the ABCs of cannabis safety for pets and people. It is available free of charge to U of S students and staff & clients of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Dell’s office also embarked on a cannabis harm reduction strategy involving door hangers promoting ‘Gone to visit the therapy dogs to PAWS my stress,” with the lower-risk cannabis use guidelines listed on the back. Peer Health also offers Q & A opportunities at the regular PAWS Your Stress Therapy Dog visits on campus. Tips are shared, such as the importance of keeping used bong water out of the reach of family members, including pets.
-Infographic & News Release, September 20, 2016: University of Saskatchewan Students Hope to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Alcohol
-Summer, 2016: The work of Dr. Dell and team member Carol Hopkins was acknowledged in The Magazine of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Special Issue, Native Like Me. Reducing Binge Drinking with Tribal Traditions.