Substance use

Information about legal and illegal drugs, cannabis and alcohol. How and where to get help and the effects of stigma.

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Health effects and risks associated with drinking

Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy

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


Legalization, health effects, addiction, medical use, applying for industry licenses, market data, travelling with cannabis

Controlled and illegal drugs

Types of drugs and opioids including effects, mental and physical health risks

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Resources available in your community

About substance use

Drug tolerance, withdrawal, substance use disorder, problematic prescription drug use and health effects

Smoking, vaping and tobacco

Vaping, tobacco products, effects of smoking, second-hand smoke, prevention and quitting

Stigma around drug use

Discrimination and barriers to getting help

Supervised consumption sites

Why they are helpful, list of sites, and how to apply to run a site

Talking about drugs

How to talk to a loved one or a health care provider about drug use, risks of driving while impaired and advice for parents

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