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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

National Addictions Awareness Week 

National Addictions Awareness Week highlights solutions to help address harms related to alcohol and other drugs. It provides an opportunity for people in Canada to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change.

This year, National Addictions Awareness Week is from November 21 to 27. It will happen in conjunction with CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2021 conference . The conference runs as three-half days from November 23 to 25 and will be a virtual experience with lots of new features for the exciting new format!

The theme for this year’s National Addictions Awareness Week, in coordination with the theme for CCSA’s Issues of Substance conference, is Driving Change Together.

Substance use is a complex, far-reaching and consequential issue. COVID-19 is making the substance use landscape in Canada even more complex. It takes a wide range of perspectives and collective efforts to drive the needed change to shape a brighter future for people who use substances. Addiction workers, mental health workers, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers, knowledge brokers and people with lived and living experience of substance use and their families will come together with their passion and ideas during National Addictions Awareness Week and during the conference to Drive Change Together.

CCSA is developing materials for partners and the public to use to help us promote National Addictions Awareness Week. We hope to have them posted to this page for use in early November 2021.

Stay tuned!

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