Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society.

For more than 25 years, we have provided guidance and advice on addictions and substance use to public, private and non-governmental organizations.

Our Vision is that all people in Canada live in a healthy society free of alcohol- and other drug-related harm.

Our Mission is to provide national leadership and advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harm.

Together with our partners, we are working to improve the health and safety of Canadians. We will achieve this goal by nurturing a knowledge exchange environment where research guides policy and evidence-informed actions enhance effectiveness in the field.

Talking Pot with Youth

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has released a new resource for parents, teachers and other youth allies to help them prepare to have open, non-judgemental discussions with youths about cannabis.

Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms 2007–2014

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In 2014, the cost of substance use (SU) in Canada was $38.4 billion— or approximately $1,100 spent for every Canadian regardless of age. This report presents the estimates of the costs of SU in Canada from 2007 to 2014 using the most reliable, up-to-date data sources and methods according to the following categories:

A Review of Workplace Substance Use Policies in Canada: Strengths, Gaps and Key Considerations

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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Suggested citation: Meister, S.R. (2018). A Review of Workplace Substance Use Policies in Canada: Strengths, Gaps and Key Considerations. Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

A review of workplace substance use policies in Canada

Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has recently teamed up with the National Recovery Advisory Committee to produce the first Canadian survey of people in recovery from drug addiction and/or alcoholism.

The findings reached will be particularly useful to healthcare providers, policy-makers and members of the public and help to foster a social environment that supports and celebrates the principles of recovery.