SOURCE: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

June 23, 2014 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: CCSA to Launch Next Substance Abuse in Canada Report, Childhood and Adolescent Pathways to Substance Use Disorders

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 23, 2014) - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) will release the 2014 Substance Abuse in Canada report, Childhood and Adolescent Pathways to Substance Use Disorders, with report authors presenting at a national news conference and webcast.

What: 
National report release via news conference and live webcast

When:  
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. Pacific

Where: 
Vancouver Convention Centre
West Meeting Rooms 205-206 (2nd Level), West Building
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Speakers: 
Dr. Franco Vaccarino, Chair, CCSA Scientific Advisory Council and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Dr. Robert Pihl, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, McGill University

Moderator: 
Rita Notarandrea, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, CCSA

The Issue
People with substance use disorders commonly have other problems and these issues typically began early in life. Recent research has identified some of these early behavioural markers, as well as protective factors, to improve our understanding and open the door to developing more effective prevention programs and interventions for our youth.

Youth at Risk for Substance Abuse
Every two years, CCSA produces a new report in the Substance Abuse in Canada series, with each edition shedding much-needed light on an important drug- and alcohol-related issue. Childhood and Adolescent Pathways to Substance Use Disorders builds on the release of the November 2013 report on neonatal and infant concerns to examine a wide variety of issues related to experiences and other factors during childhood and adolescence that can affect later-life substance use and abuse.

A recent Health Canada study indicated that one in five students in grades 7-12 are at high risk of substance abuse, representing almost a half million Canadian children. The percentage increased when examining older youth: a third of those in grades 10-12 were identified as high risk for abusing drugs and alcohol.

Through this report, CCSA will bring to the forefront the markers that, when observed, could provide early warning signs for later-life substance use disorders.

Many factors are at play to make one person more likely to abuse substances than another, including genetics, brain abnormalities, behaviour, personality styles and the environment at home and at school. No one set of experiences or factors directly results in later-life substance abuse because every individual and his or her experiences are unique. Research also indicates that protective factors such as parental nurturing and school connectedness promote resilience in a child and can help prevent poor outcomes, including substance use and abuse. Early detection of potential problems opens a window of opportunity for more effective prevention programs and early interventions that can address potential substance abuse problems before they start.

This report highlights the role that parents, peers, educators, health professionals, community members and caregivers can play in identifying risk factors in children and taking early steps to address them through protective interventions.

Media On Site
Please present yourself to the registration desk, West Meeting Rooms 205-206 (2nd Level), West Building, Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver with your media identification.

Webcast Viewing Registration
To view the live webcast, media must register online. Advance registration is recommended. (For some registrants, a short, easy-to-follow technical step is required for live webcast viewing.)

Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Meredith Logan
    Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
    CCSA
    613-235-4048, poste 240
    613-857-6925
    media@ccsa.ca