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National Addictions Awareness Week

​​​​November 13 – 19, 2016​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Each year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). Led nationally by CCSA, NAAW highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and other drug-related harm. It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about substance abuse prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change.

In 2015, the theme was "Addiction Matters."

CCSA's biennial national conference, Issues of Substance, took place in Montreal during NAAW. The next conference will be in 2017. Keep an eye on the web page for emerging details.


What else happened around the country? Here are some of the highlights.

NAAW 2015 roundup: a snapshot of activities


NAAW 2015 Toolkit

CCSA developed this toolkit to help people publicize NAAW 2015. The hashtag for National Addictions Awareness Week was #NAAWCanada in English and #SNSTCanada in French.

Speaking Remarks MS Word Use these remarks to guide any speeches or presentations you deliver to promote​ NAAW.
Sample New Release​​MS Word Complete the news release with your information and submit it to an appropriate media outlet.
Sample ArticleMS WordUse this sample article in your newsletter or as an email message to sta​ff, colleagues, or clients.
Sharing NAAW on Social MediaPDFInstructions on using social media to publicize NAAW.
Signature BlockMS Word Use this email signature block to publicize NAAW.

This page will be updated with new information closer to NAAW 2016.