Youth is a time of significant growth and change. It is often when risky behaviours take place and substance use begins. These behaviours can result in consequences such as injuries, car crashes, school difficulties and relationship problems. Understanding youth’s needs is essential for providing them with guidance and support. For these reasons, CCSA conducts research, shares knowledge and provides targeted materials to support evidence-based decisions and actions for addressing youth and substance use.
Further information about youth:
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
How adverse childhood experiences can influence physical and mental health.
- Canadian Perceptions and Trends
Perceptions about cannabis among the general and youth populations.
- Cannabis and the Developing Brain
How cannabis affects adolescent brain development.
- Childhood Pathways to Substance Use and Addiction
Understanding the developmental pathways to youth substance use disorders.
- Health Impacts of Alcohol
How alcohol affects the physical health, mental health, cognitive functioning and development of youth.
- Student Cannabis Use Profiles
Regional breakdown of cannabis use trends among students grade 9–12.
- Youth and Cannabis
How to talk to youth about cannabis use and harm reduction.
- Youth and Impaired Driving
Perceptions and current knowledge about impaired driving among youth.