The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) is a national research network – consisting of four regional ‘Nodes’ across Canada made of academic investigators, community-based service providers, systems/policy representatives and service users – focusing on substance misuse interventions funded by the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and established in 2015. CRISM was modeled partly after the Clinical Trial Network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and was established to facilitate communication and collaboration among addiction service providers, researchers and policy-makers Canada-wide. CRISM focuses on research on prevention and treatment interventions for substance misuse (primarily illicit drugs and non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs), and knowledge translation of related research and evidence.
CRISM’s three other regional Nodes across the country are: