The annual report for 2014–2015 of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is titled Addiction Matters, to reflect how addiction affects us all — mothers, fathers, daughters and sons at home, at work and in the communities throughout Canada. Not only do substance use disorders place a considerable strain on our healthcare system, they impact Canadian society as a whole, and diminish the quality of life of those who are touched by it.
This year’s annual report focuses on shifting the conversation about addiction away from the problem, towards celebrating the solution. It captures the research we have produced and the partnerships we have forged to inform the public debate on addiction, to break the stigma that surrounds it, and to provide facts to Canadians so they can make informed decisions on substance use.
This report highlights CCSA’s role in leading efforts to address the harms associated with alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. It underscores the collaborative actions we undertake to inform public policy and evidence-based solutions across the continuum of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery to improve care for those with substance use disorders, and to ensure healthier individuals, families and communities.
A note about release timing: governed by an Act of Parliament, CCSA’s report was developed earlier this year based on timelines and commitments for parliamentary and legislative compliance. However, due to the 2015 federal election, tabling of the report in the House of Commons was deferred until December 2015, rather than September, which is when we typically release our report.
We at CCSA are proud of the accomplishments achieved together with our partners, and are pleased to be sharing them with you. I invite you to have a look and relay this report to others: http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-2014-15-Annual-Report-en.pdf.
Together, we will help make a difference and have a collective impact.