• Substance Use Treatment in Jails: Current Issues and Recommendations 

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in 2014, 21.5 million people in the United States age twelve and older had at least one substance use disorder (SUD), as cited in Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ; 2015).


  • Opiate Use: The Tip of the Iceberg for Adults in Jail

    Law enforcement officials and public health professionals are currently concentrating their efforts on reducing opiate use, and for good reason, but they may be overlooking even more prevalent substance use disorders (SUDs).


Karen  Bridson

Karen is an award-winning journalist specializing in women's issues and is the author of three women's health books. A former crime reporter who has been specializing in women's issues, health, pregnancy and parenting for the past eight years, Karen has a particular talent for personal essay-style columns. Over her 17-year career as a newswoman, Karen has published in many national newspapers and magazines including Shape Magazine, Runner's World Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Montreal Gazette, among others.
As a "born-again feminist," she is the co-founder of Third Wave Feminists Toronto, a consciousness raising mothers' group and the creator of Pregnancy Fitness Awareness Day. Since the birth of her son Adlai almost five years ago, she has been a student of feminist theory, reading every title she can get her hands on. She is the author of surprisingly feminist The Secrets of Skinny Chicks: How to Feel Great in your Favorite Jeans when it Doesn't Come Naturally (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Nine Months Strong: Shaping Up for Labor and Delivery and the Toughest Physical Day of Your Life (Lifeline Press, 2004) and Run for It: A Woman's Guide to Running for Emotional and Physical Health.
Karen has won a number of journalism awards, including back-to-back Toronto Police Media Awards for Best Editorial (writing in a personal, engaging tone is what she does best) while covering the police beat, and was honored as the best in her class in newspaper journalism when awarded a scholarship from Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star.

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