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About the project

The Web Interventions Repository of Evidence (WIRE) is a searchable database of internet-based interventions for substance use that have been evaluated for use with youth (12-24 years old). The intended audience of WIRE is service providers who work with youth who use drugs or alcohol. It was created to support informed decision-making among service providers who are interested in exploring the use of internet-based interventions with this population.

WIRE was built as part of a larger project examining the evidence for internet-based interventions for youth who use substances, funded by Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program. The project was led by Dr. Karen Urbanoski, a Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, and Dr. Joanna Henderson and Gloria Chaim, both with the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. WIRE contains a summary of findings from a systematic literature review of the scientific and grey literature published since 2005 on internet-based interventions for the target population. A rigorous process was followed to identify and summarize relevant articles and reports. The original literature search was conducted in early 2015. On a yearly-basis, WIRE will be updated to ensure that the evidence remains up to date. WIRE is currently being maintained by scientists and staff at the McCain Centre, in Toronto, Canada.

For more information about the project and WIRE, please contact Dr. Karen Urbanoski (