Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Policy Brief

Standing Committee on Health: Children’s Health Brief

Submitted to the Standing Committee on Health in August 2022.

Calls for the Standing Committee on Health to include substance use health and addiction as part of the continuum of care of children’s health. Outlines CCSA research that can inform prevention and harm reduction efforts for this population. One example is a study focusing on emergency department admissions by youth, which shows the value of community-level analysis to detect local trends. Another highlights how understanding adverse childhood experiences, which affect brain development and health outcomes, can help address risks for substance use and associated harms.

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