Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

November 19, 2012 07:00 ET

Media Advisory: CCSA Rolls Out New Prevention and Treatment Tools for National Addictions Awareness Week, November 19-25, 2012

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2012) - National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) is observed annually in Canada during the month of November. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) focuses on solutions to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drugs. We all have a big stake in the issue of illicit drugs. We work with professionals and communities to better respond and help those who struggle with addictions. Here are the facts for Canadians aged 15 years and older (CADUMS 2011):

- 1 in 10 uses illicit drugs

- 1 in 5 is a high-risk drinker

- 1 in 5 has used a psychoactive pharmaceutical in the past year

NAAW is an opportunity for Canada to talk about the complex problem of substance abuse and bring forward solutions for change. CCSA is announcing the following initiatives during NAAW.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Tools - Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20

Issue: Young people are disproportionately more likely to use substances, engage in risky patterns of use and experience harms as a result. According to some estimates, 57 percent of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 have used drugs sometime in their life, and nearly 50 percent of high school students report binge drinking in the past year. Evidence-informed approaches to drug prevention can have a significant impact on reducing youth substance abuse and contribute to the improved overall health and well-being of young people. CCSA now offers the following tools:

- Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention: Canada's first set of national standards for substance abuse prevention, the Standards provide prevention workers with step-by-step guidance on how to effectively plan, implement and evaluate prevention initiatives.

- NEW! Toolkit to Apply the Standards to Prevention Initiatives: A collection of new worksheets, planning tools, self-assessments and video presentations to strengthen youth substance abuse prevention.

National Treatment Strategy Tools - Wednesday, November 21

Issue: Many Canadians lack access to services and supports for addressing substance use problems. To improve the accessibility, quality and range of services available, Canada needs to establish an integrated continuum of services and to build capacity across community, primary health care and specialized services. CCSA has developed a targeted resource to support this initiative.

- NEW! Systems Approach Workbook: An online resource to improve the accessibility, quality and range of services for substance use in Canada, developed for leaders in the substance abuse and mental health fields.

National Alcohol Strategy Tools - Thursday, November 22

Issue: Alcohol is the most widely used and available substance in Canada. Surveys show that 80 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 years consume alcohol. While most Canadians consume alcohol in moderation, long-term alcohol consumption has been linked with significant increases in the risk of cancers and serious medical conditions. Alcohol costs Canadian society an estimated $14 billion in lost productivity, health care and enforcement costs.

- Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDGs): Evidence-informed advice to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce the short- and long-term harm associated with drinking alcohol.

- NEW! Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral: A three-step clinical web resource for managing patient alcohol consumption built in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Drug Monitoring Tools - Friday, November 23

Issue: The abuse of pharmaceutical and illicit drugs is a global phenomenon, as is drug distribution and illegal trafficking. Recent national data shows that more than 20 percent of Canadians aged 15 years and older have used a psychoactive pharmaceutical in the past year. A well-functioning monitoring and surveillance system in Canada will help to effectively monitor these trends, disseminate timely information and compare reliable data to support evidence-based policymaking.

- Canadian Community Epidemiological Network on Drug Use (CCENDU): A monitoring and surveillance network for agencies with common interests in local, national and international drug trends and patterns.

- NEW! Canadian Drug Summaries: Canadian statistics on ecstasy for researchers and policy makers. More summaries on alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and prescription drugs coming in 2013!

National Addictions Awareness Week

CCSA works with hundreds of partners, including federal, provincial and territorial governments to implement the National Anti-Drug Strategy.

Media interviews with researchers or spokespeople are available in-person or by telephone. Contact to schedule interviews or visit to learn about CCSA's substance abuse priorities and evidence-informed actions.

About CCSA: The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) provides national leadership, develops sustainable partnerships and advances solutions to ensure that all people in Canada live in a healthy society free of alcohol- and other drug-related harm.

Follow CCSA on Twitter at @CCSAcanada and @CCLATcanada or CEO Michel Perron at @MichelPerron.

Contact Information

  • Tina Barton
    Communications Advisor
    (613) 235-4048 ext. 230
    Topics: Alcohol, treatment

    David Venn
    Communications Advisor
    (613) 235-4048 ext. 240
    Topics: Youth drug prevention, illicit drugs