During the 2016–2017 fiscal year, CCSA and its partners took action; compiling objective knowledge, drawing stakeholders together and demonstrating that those living with problematic substance use and addiction can achieve their goals and a good quality of life.
The annual report provides a deeper look at how CCSA conceives and produces evidence, engages partners and stakeholders, and delivers impact for all Canadians affected by problematic substance use. Among other highlights, the annual report explores three hallmark actions from the last year:
- Bringing Clarity to Cannabis: The Government of Canada recognized the need for sound evidence to make good policy decisions about legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis. CCSA supported policy makers with that evidence, serving as a trusted advisor to the federal government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
- Working Together to Solve Canada’s Opioid Crisis: Mounting deaths and overdoses drove the conversation about opioids onto the national stage. Last year, CCSA helped organize a conference and summit drawing together experts, government representatives and other stakeholders to confront opioid use in Canada.
- First-of-Its-Kind Survey Shows Recovery Works: What does society gain when people recover from addiction? Last year, CCSA partnered with the National Recovery Advisory Committee to answer that question by carrying out Canada’s first nationwide recovery survey.
In 2016–2017, CCSA led engagement with federal and provincial–territorial governments, partners and stakeholders to inform a new Strategic Framework (http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-Strategic-Framework-2017-en.pdf) that will serve as a guide for the next five to 10 years. CCSA also changed its name from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction thereby removing stigmatizing language from important conversations.
Moving forward, CCSA will continue to work in support of its vision of a healthier Canadian society, where evidence transforms approaches to reducing the harms of problematic substance use — harms that are devastating to individuals, families, communities, campuses and workplaces in all parts of Canada.
Read the report online at http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-2016-2017-Annual-Report-en.pdf.