Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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Welcome to NAAW 2023 – Nov. 19-25!

Substance use is a complex and far-reaching issue. It is associated with a staggering health impact and cost to society. In 2020, substance use in Canada cost $49.1 billion. More than 62 per cent of the total costs of substance were related to two legal substances — alcohol and tobacco.

Opioid use cost $7.1 billion. Nearly 75 per cent of these costs were related to lost productivity and, more specifically, people dying at a young age from opioid use.

The COVID-19 pandemic made an already complicated substance use landscape even more complex. The mental health and well-being of people living in Canada were significantly affected. The inequities that exist in our country were exacerbated.

Inspiration, Innovation and Inclusion are key ingredients for a healthier Canadian society, where evidence transforms approaches to substance use health. That is the theme for both our national conference, Issues of Substance, and this year’s National Addictions Awareness Week.

We have learned what is possible if we all work together. It takes a wide range of perspectives and collective efforts to drive needed change. By participating in NAAW and the conference, you can share your own inspiring, innovating and inclusive ideas that can produce significant change.

Resources to Show Your Inspiration, Innovation and Inclusion

On our social media platforms during NAAW, we share many of the resources we developed with partners across Canada who care about substance use health. Highlighted below, these resources can be used to help start and inform important conversations, or help people who use substances or have a substance use disorder on their wellness journey.

Understanding Substance Use Costs and Harms

Making Informed Decisions on Alcohol

Keeping Kids Safe and Learning More About Cannabis

Improving Treatment Together

Helping People Working in Substance Use Health

Show Us Your Inspiration, Innovation and Inclusion

Help us spread the message about NAAW. Use the hashtags #InspirationInnovationInclusion and #NAAW2023 on your social media posts to show us the different ways your community is rallying around people who have issues with substances or have a substance use disorder.

NAAW Social Media Graphics

Download the graphics from our social media content bank. Post them on your social media platforms during NAAW to help us share inspiration, innovation and inclusion.

NAAW Poster

Use the NAAW poster to help spread the word about what you are doing to help make your community inspiring, innovative and inclusive. Snap a photo and share on social media. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #InspirationInnovationInclusion and #NAAW2023!




Download the NAAW poster

About National Addiction Awareness Week

NAAW highlights solutions to help address the harms related to alcohol and other drug use. It provides an opportunity for people in Canada to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions.


If you have any questions about NAAW, please contact us.


CCSA understands that each of our partners and communities of people who use drugs have their own experiences, perspectives and preferred language. We appreciate that the term “addiction” can be stigmatizing for some communities and an important part of the conversation for others. Seeking to raise awareness about substance use health, addictions and people who use drugs is an important goal we share as we seek to improve health and well-being.

The discussion around NAAW can be emotionally difficult. We encourage people to reach out for help or get support for these sometimes-difficult conversations. Please continue to send us feedback as we strive to be better partners.

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