Canadians Against Substance Abuse

Canadians Against Substance Abuse

August 21, 2007 16:06 ET

Canadians Against Substance Abuse Applauds Federal Health Minister Tony Clement for Moving Their Anti Drug Campaign to the Forefront

CASA-Now announced today the start of their Penny A Voter & Dollar An Employee funding drive.

TORONTO , ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2007) -

Attention News Editors:

- Canadians Against Substance Abuse are asking every municipal government across Canada to donate 1 cent per voter in their jurisdiction. We are asking every business across Canada to donate a dollar per employee or what they can afford, to show their concern and support for their workers. We will work with them to combat the Scourges of Drug Addiction, etc. These monies will be used exclusively to fund our efforts. We estimate that in 2002, the Ontario economy lost $11.9 Billion in economic productivity due to drug abuse or $1,927 per employee. CASA-Now believes that the crime and harm caused by substance abuse has reached unacceptable levels in Canada. We hope and believe that most of our citizens and our politicians care about this issue and want it dealt with now. Cheques can be mailed to:

Canadians Against Substance Abuse

59 Gloucester Street

Toronto, ON

M4Y 1L8

- CASA-Now is requesting that the Ontario Government should set aside and commit new funding of $250M with the majority of these funds being earmarked for the three relatively under funded strategies (i.e. harm-reduction, prevention, treatment) and initiatives. To also have equal federal funding which would be used at the provincial and municipal level to reduce and better manage the problems of substance abuse. We shall take similar initiatives across Canada to help municipalities and others who are front line responders on these issues.

- We applaud federal Health Minister Tony Clement for his comments below as made yesterday in a speech to the Canadian Medical Association in Vancouver:

'Of course, we also want to better inform, and protect Canadians from the perils of illicit drugs. To do so, Budget 2007 invested $64 million dollars for Canada's new anti-drug strategy.

Canada has not run a serious or significant anti-drug campaign for almost 20 years, and the messages young people have received during the past several years have been confusing and conflicting, to say the least.

We are very concerned about the damage and pain that drugs cause families, and we intend to reverse the trend toward vague, ambiguous messaging that has characterized Canadian attitudes in the recent past.'

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Canadians Against Substance Abuse
    Raj Rama
    (647) 235-5098
    Canadians Against Substance Abuse
    Ray Morand
    (416) 828-2161