November 18 - 24, 2013
Every November, CCSA and organizations across Canada mark National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).
NAAW plays an important role in highlighting issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and drug-related harm. Substance abuse costs Canadian taxpayers more than $40 billion a year. It is a contributor to diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
In 2013, CCSA’s focus for NAAW will be on youth drug prevention. One of CCSA’s key priorities for action is children and youth - specifically, how do we prevent our young people from developing substance abuse issues? To help achieve this goal, CCSA focuses on providing research-based, evidence-informed tools to promote healthy living and help prevent Canadian youth - our country’s future - from experiencing the harms of substance abuse.
National Addictions Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn more about substance abuse and addiction, to talk about the complex problem of substance abuse and to bring forward solutions for change from all those touched by it. Please, join the dialogue to help create a healthier society, free of the harms of substance abuse!