Problematic substance use

Information about the problematic use of illegal and prescription drugs and alcohol. Find out how to talk to your teen about drugs and where to get help.

Services and information

About problematic substance use

Problematic substance use including the short and long-term effects, dependence, tolerance, overdose and withdrawal


Information about alcohol, its health effects and how to reduce your risks

Canadian drugs and substances strategy

A comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to drug policy

Controlled and illegal drugs

Learn about different types of illegal drugs, including their effects, and their mental and physical health risks

Drug-related harms

Information on drug-related harms and how to talk to your teen about the risks

Get help for problematic substance use

Resources available in your community and how to get help for a friend who might be using drugs

Problematic prescription drug use

Information about problematic prescription drug use.  Includes opioids, stimulants, and benzodiazepines

Stigma around substance use

Stereotyping, prejudice, judging, social stigma, internalizing, ending stigma, barriers

Supervised consumption sites

Why supervised consumption sites are helpful, list of sites, how to apply to run a site


What we are doing

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: