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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

CCSA News is where you will find all the latest developments from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. Learn more about our most recent publications, events, research findings and resource tools.


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September 17, 2020| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

CCSA to Lead Update of Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines

Ottawa, September 17, 2020 — The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is leading a major collaborative init…

  • Alcohol
July 7, 2020| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Substance Use in Canada Costs Almost $46 Billion a Year According to Latest Data

Alcohol and tobacco use together cause the most harm— accounting for 63% of total amount. Ottawa, July 7, 2020 — Substanc…

  • Substance Use Costs
June 26, 2020| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Virtual Care Crucial During COVID-19

“Don’t wait to seek help: Virtual care to support Canadians is available now,” urge mental health and substance use organiza…

  • COVID-19
June 9, 2020| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

More than 1 in 5 Canadians who drink alcohol and have been staying at home more have been drinking once a day since the beginning of May

Ottawa, June 9, 2020 — About 20% of Canadians who drink alcohol and have been staying at home more due to the COVID-19 pande…

  • Alcohol
  • COVID-19
April 24, 2020| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Mental Health Commission of Canada

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Mental Health Commission of Canada Highlight Healthy Coping Strategies during COVID-19 Pandemic

Ottawa, April 24, 2020 — The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canad…

  • COVID-19
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
April 15, 2020| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Canadians Under 54 Drinking More While at Home Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Ottawa, April 15, 2020 — 25% of Canadians (aged 35–54) and 21% of Canadians (aged 18–34) say they have increased the amount …

  • COVID-19
  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
December 19, 2019| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Statement by Rita Notarandrea on the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada’s Annual Report and Its Emphasis on Stigma

Ottawa, December 19, 2019 - The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) welcomes the Chief Public Health Offic…

  • Stigma
  • CCSA
December 6, 2019

Throne speech recognition of mental health and addiction support applauded by pan-Canadian health organizations

Statement From Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction December 6, 2019 …

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  • CCSA
November 25, 2019| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Speak Out Against Stigma during National Addictions Awareness Week

Ottawa, November 25, 2019 Fact: Substance use disorder is a health condition, not a choice or a moral failing. Fact: T…

  • CCSA
  • Stigma
November 22, 2019

Canada’s Premier Conference on Substance Use and Addiction Begins Monday in Ottawa; Chief Public Health Officer of Canada To Provide Opening Remarks

Ottawa, November 22, 2019 — Canada is dealing with an ongoing opioid crisis. New cannabis products are ready to hit store sh…

  • CCSA
October 11, 2019

New Website Lets Canadian Youth Tackle Life Changing Decisions

Ottawa, October 11, 2019 - The High Way Home? is a new interactive website that allows young people to make virtual choices…

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Impaired Driving
September 19, 2019

CCSA and Community Partners Unite to Make a Collective Impact on Stigma in Ottawa

Ottawa, Sept 19, 2019 - Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to recovery for people dealing with substance use disorder.

  • Stigma
May 22, 2019| Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

$4.5 million for cannabis research announced in partnership between CCSA and CIHR

Ottawa, May 22, 2019 — The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Resea…

  • Cannabis
  • CCSA
April 25, 2019| CCSA

Regular Cannabis Use Linked to Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Ottawa, April 25, 2019 — People who use cannabis regularly — one or more times per week over a period of months or years — c…

  • Cannabis
  • Mental Health
April 5, 2019| CCSA

Early and Regular Cannabis Use Is a Strong Predictor of Cognitive Impairment

Ottawa, April 5, 2019 — Starting to smoke cannabis earlier in life — before 16 or 17 — is one of the strongest predictors of…

  • Cannabis

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