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.

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About problematic substance use

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

Controlled and illegal drugs

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

Problematic prescription drug use

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

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 alcohol use

Information about the health effects of alcohol, and how to reduce your risks by drinking and hosting responsibly.

Drug-related harms

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

Supervised consumption sites

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

Canadian drugs and substances strategy

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


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