Substance and Alcohol Misuse


HC Link Resources

HC Link News Digest PLUS - November 12, 2014 - Parent Action on Drugs and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre provide a summary of news and information related to children and youth mental health and addiction.

HC Link News Digest PLUS - November 20, 2013 - With support from Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre, we provide a summary of news and information pertaining to the prevention of substance misuse and addiction.


Webinar: Ontario's Legal Framework for Cannabis & Exploring Strategies for Developing Prevention Campaigns

Recording | Slides

With legalization of recreational cannabis on the horizon, there is concern that communicating prevention messages to youth may be more challenging than ever given the potential for further normalization society-wide. This webinar aims at those interested in developing health communications targeting Ontario's youth to promote awareness about the new legal framework and  prevent use/misuse of cannabis during this critical time of brain development.


Webinar Series: Youth Substance Use - From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development

Part 1 - Pathways to Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications  Recording | Slides

Examines the evidence around the vulnerabilities of youth related to the developmental pathways that both influence and are impacted by youths’ substance use patterns. In particular, research around the genetic and brain development of adolescents will be presented, with an emphasis on resiliency and how resilience-based interventions can positively impact youth development. Presenters also consider the challenges this evidence poses for youth/family-focused and community practices as well as policy development.

Part 2 - Youth Substance Use Prevention: Evidence Informed Health Promotion Practices & Policies
Recording | Slides

Examines how evidence can be applied to health promotion practices and policies, and the link between policy and service delivery. This webinar covers the substance abuse continuum of service, with emphasis on the gaps that exist in services for youth. The presenters discuss the on-the-ground implications of policy for youth, with a particular focus on cannabis policy.


Additional Resources & Documents



The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The OSDUHS is a population survey of Ontario students in grades 7 through 12. This self-administered, anonymous survey is conducted across the province every two years and provides current and reliable information on student drug use, mental health and well-being, and risk behaviours, as well as identifying risk and protective factors. Topics covered include tobacco, alcohol and other drug use and harmful consequences of use, mental health indicators, physical health indicators, health care utilization, body image, gambling and video gaming behaviours and problems, violence and bullying, criminal behaviours, school connectedness, and family life.




Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health | 2017

Provides 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. The guidelines are available as an evidence summary for health professionals and a public brochure. The first guideline recommendation is to abstain from cannabis use to avoid all risks. The remaining address the elevated potential of risks related to initiating use at a young age, high potency products, alternative delivery systems, heavy use and driving, as well as identifying people at higher risk of problems – with concrete recommendations for risk reduction in each case.





Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG)

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

The LRDG help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce their immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm. The Guidelines were developed by a team of independent Canadian and international experts on behalf of the National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee and are a key component of the National Alcohol Strategy.






Addressing Alcohol and Alcohol-Related Harms at the Local Level

Alcohol Locally Driven Collaborative Project | 2014

This report identifies evidence-based local level strategies to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms. Through the triangulation of literature, key informant interviews and public health unit surveys the project team has formulated 13 recommendations for local level action and six areas for advocacy in Ontario.




Parent and Community Handbook

Parent Action on Drugs | 2013

This resource is for parents, caregivers and community members concerned about youth in the 12-18 age range. This resource provides parents information about teenage substance use and specific facts about more than 15 drugs and drug categories to help parents and other adults provide guidance to the youth in their lives.





Making the Case: Tools for Supporting Local Alcohol Policy in Ontario

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre & Public Health Ontario | 2013

This resource aims to make people aware of the need for local action on alcohol-related harms, and help people develop and put into place local policies. It features three tools: alcohol policy approaches, local action tables and a resource inventory.






Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse | 2011

The Guidelines are intended to provide health professionals, policymakers, communication experts and members of the public a basis upon which to advise Canadians on how to minimize risks from their own and others' drinking. 






Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm in Canada: Toward a Culture of Moderation

National Alcohol Strategy Working Group | 2007

A National Alcohol Strategy that provides a long-term vision of how to reduce alcohol-related harm in Canada. It makes 41 specific recommendations across four action areas, and it identifies the stakeholders who should lead their implementation.





Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)

PAD's mission is to address issues of substance use among youth through outreach, prevention, education, and parent support. PAD enhances the capacity of parents, youth, educators, health promoters and communities to promote an environment that encourages youth to make informed choices.


Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA)

This national non-profit organization works to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harm. CCSA provides access to a range of information and analysis relating to substance abuse issues, and connects Canadians to a broad spectrum of networks and activities. CCSA’s website provides a resource database, FAQ, events calendar, publications, and statistics.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

CAMH is Canada's leading mental health and addiction organization, integrating specialized clinical care with innovative research, education, and health promotion and policy development.

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

The CAMH HPRC website presents up past and upcoming webinars, including recordings and PowerPoint slides, as well as research reports, infographics and toolkits.

CAMH Knowledge Exchange

CAMH Knowldge Exchange supports community-based service providers, addictions and mental health specialists, primary care professionals, educators, researchers and public policy and health promoters in efforts to increase the capacity of the mental health and addiction system by prodiding practical tools and collections of best available resources, including those developed by CAMH.