Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU)

CCENDU, organized by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), is a nation-wide network of community level partners who share information about local trends and emerging issues in substance use and attempt to exchange knowledge in an informal and timely fashion. It also involves federal, provincial, and community agencies in the monitoring of drug use, health and legal consequences of use, treatment, and law enforcement. Local sites across Canada collect, collate, and interpret data and information in eight major drug use areas: alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, heroin, sedative-hypnotics and tranquilizers, hallucinogens other than cannabis, stimulants other than cocaine, and licit drugs. For each of these drug use areas, data is collected on prevalence, law enforcement, treatment, morbidity, mortality, and HIV/AIDS/HepC, including injection drug use and needle exchange information. More information on the national network is available here.

Coordination!  In Saskatchewan, CCENDU is led by Laurie Van Der Woude in the Prescription Review Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and with the support of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan. You can contact her at:



(L to R) Nicki Kirlin, Doug Spitzig (past coordinator)& Colleen Dell

Stay connected!  You can keep connected with Saskatchewan’s CCENDU network through Social Media to learn about and share information on local, provincial and national drug use trends and patterns.

LIKE CCENDU SK on Facebook   &   FOLLOW CCENDU SK on Twitter   &   JOIN CCENDU SK on GoogleGroup

By joining over 100 members on the Saskatchewan CCENDU Google Group  you will receive an information email approximately twice a month on emerging drug trends in the province and Canada. You may also receive requests from time to time from your colleagues in the province or CCENDU national on emerging drugs. You can also post questions you have about drugs to the google group.

CCENDU Flyer - Social Media Invite

CCENDU Alerts and Bulletins!  By joining the SK CCENDU google group, requests for information that you receive from time to time from the national CCENDU network are turned into information bulletins, compiled by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. The information is sent back to our network and shared across the CCENDU networks in Canada as a Bulletin.

CCENDU Bulletin on Drug-related Harms at Canadian Music Festivals (2014)
CCENDU Bulletin on Fentanyl-related Overdoses (2015)
CCENDU Bulletin on Deaths Involving fentanyl in Canada, 2009-2014 (2015)
CCENDU Bulletin on Synthetic Cannabinoids (2014)
CCENDU Alert on Increasing Availability of Counterfeit Oxycodone Tablets Containing Fentanyl (2014)
CCENDU Bulletin on Desomorphine (2013)
CCENDU Bulletin on Misuse of Opioids in Canadian Communities (2013)
CCENDU Alert on Illicit Fentanyl (2013)
CCENDU Alert on Bath Salts (2012)

Free swag! 
To help advertise CCENDU with your colleagues, order SK CCENDU swag free-of-charge: magnetic clips and calculators!  We appreciate the support of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse to produce these!

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CCENDU History in SK!  CCENDU has been a part of Saskatchewan from its inception in the early 1990s, with a very strong local network in Regina. As part of the revitalization of CCENDU in 2011, Saskatoon was provided seed funding from CCSA.  Since that time, CCENDU has merged in our province as a provincial network with the support of CCSA.

Reports!  The 2011 Saskatoon CCENDU report provided organizations and individuals working in fields related to alcohol and drug use with real-time information on substance use in Saskatoon.  A mixed method data collection approach was used.  Specifically, previously collected quantitative data from several outside sources were drawn upon in addition to a 114-question survey completed by 51 respondents from various drug-related sectors in Saskatoon.  Respondents included pharmacists, emergency physicians, treatment professionals, drug enforcement officers, paramedics, drug users, nurses, social workers, medical health officers, and representatives from non-profit organizations all of whom were recruited using convenience sampling methods.  Survey Monkey© was used to develop and distribute the questionnaire as well as to analyze the data. An interpretation panel validated the findings.

The inaugural Saskatoon CCENDU Report  and Voice-over PowerPoint was publishedby M. Bell, C. Dell and R. Duncan in March, 2011.  A copy of the CCENDU report Survey is available.

Members of our CCENDU SK Network!










Participants at a CCENDU meeting in Prince Albert (March 2013).

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Two of CCENDU’s members networking over lunch at a CCENDU meeting in Saskatoon (March 2013).