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Cutting Edge CODA Program for Professionals Working with Youth to Prevent Substance Abuse Receives National Accreditation

The Council on Drug Abuse announced today that their newest program, CODA Certified Education (CCE), has been accredited by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education for Pharmacists (CCCEP).  CCCEP accredits continuing education programs that are provided to pharmacists nationally.  A program accredited by CCCEP is recognized by all provincial regulatory authorities.

The CCE program was developed by CODA in response to a significant need by health professionals and other health promotion intermediaries to understand the most up to date information about drugs of abuse, youth engagement and how to build capacity among Canadian youth to prevent drug abuse.  The self-directed,on-line format of the core program was built to address the geographical disparities across the Country.

Funding for development of the program was provided by Pharmascience Inc., a generic pharmaceutical company founded by Canadian pharmacists and based in Montreal, Quebec.     

The CCE Program is a comprehensive educational and awareness raising program focused on developing the skills of health professionals - physicans, pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, addiction counselors and other health promotion intermediaries. In turn, these experts will be able to go out into their communities and work with youth and their families to prevent drug abuse/misuse/use.  Developed by the Council on Drug Abuse, the CCE Program was reviewed and tested for accuracy, ease of understanding and relevance in the field by a national panel of experts including Alina Kuo, BSc (Pharm), Susan Rokosh, BSc (Pharm), Heather Hodgson Schleich, BA, MDE, Chuck Doucette, RCMP (ret), Hugh Grant, Brenda Moffatt and Jennifer Morley, BA.

The program can be found on line at and, as a result of the Pharmascience grant, is currently available at no cost/tuition free.

For more information on the CCE Program, please visit or

Contact the CODA office via Billi Jo Cox, Programs Manager, 416-763-1491 x 223

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