I am passing on an important message about an important Health Canada
initiative focused on substance abuse.
On September 5, 2018, Health Canada launched a public consultation on
potential next steps in the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS).
The CDSS is the federal government’s health-focused approach to substance
use issues. It is a comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and
evidence-based approach to substance use that includes actions in the areas
of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. The goal of the
CDSS, which is led by the Minister of Health, is to protect the health and
safety of Canadians by minimizing harms from substance use for individuals,
families and communities.
The purpose of this consultation is to engage Canadians on new and
innovative ideas on how to further strengthen the federal government’s
approach to substance use issues through the CDSS. The consultation will
last for 90 days, closing on December 4, 2018.
We recognize the unique impact that substance use has on Canadian youth,
and we want to hear your important perspectives. As such, we invite you to
provide feedback on this consultation.
We would also appreciate you sharing this email amongst your networks so
that we may reach as many interested Canadians as possible.
Below you will find a link to the consultation website, where you will be
able to undertake a survey to provide your feedback on the CDSS. This
survey is based on key themes, including:
– Taking action on the root causes and risk factors of problematic
– Reducing stigma towards people who use drugs
– Improving access to comprehensive, evidence-based treatment services
– Applying a public health lens to regulation and enforcement activities
Here is the link: Canada.ca/substance-use-consultation
Thank you in advance for your participation in this consultation. The
perspectives of youth will be vital to the further development of the CDSS
as a health-focussed approach to problematic substance use in Canada.