Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Clear Perspectives on Substance Use and Addiction

​During the 2017–2018 fiscal year, CCSA went to great lengths to gather and share as many perspectives as possible in the national dialogue about substance use. Whether they came from Canadian youth, the aging population​, researchers or people with experience of addiction, CCSA listened. These perspectives enabled CCSA to identify and address specific areas of need. The 2017–2018 annual report​ highlights the results of these efforts and emphasizes the challenges for our immediate future.

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Youth and Cannabis

To learn more about how to speak to Canadian youth about cannabis, we invited young Canadians to a series of workshops to determine, among other things, what they value in conversations with adults. We learned ​that youth value credible, honest, open-minded, non-judgmental and respectful dialogue when talking about cannabis.

This work led to collaborating with youth allies to create tools to support these healthy conversations. The cannabis communication guide provides evidence-based information on cannabis and youth, but it focuses on preparing for and conducting a successful discussion with a young person.



The Opioid Challenge​​

Canada is not alone in confronting the toll of opioid addiction. To promote learning and sharing experiences in response to the opioid crisis, CCSA co-hosted an expert forum with the United States Embassy in Ottawa. We brought together Canadian and U.S. experts in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement to discuss current initiatives, lessons learned and opportunities for joint action. These perspectives built on initiatives currently underway and helped identify new opportunities.



Life in Recovery

The perspective of people in recovery is powerful. More than 850 people living in recovery from addiction took part in Canada's first-ever national recovery survey. The final report, Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada, highlights the promise of recovery while emphasizing the many challenges people tackle along the journey. CCSA designed a communications toolkit to guide how to share the survey findings and stimulate public discussion about recovery to help create new perspectives.

As we move into the 2018–2019 fiscal year, CCSA will continue to value perspectives. Those instilled with the knowledge and passion to address substance issues make an impact and will be instrumental as we move forward with our mandate.

Perspective counts. Perspective makes an impact. Perspective is invaluable to the work we do.





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