CFN Recognises National Addictions Awareness Week

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse joins organizations across the country each year in observing National Addictions Awareness Week. The week highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol and other drug-related harm, while providing an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change.

This year, National Addictions Awareness Week coincides with Canada’s Opioid Conference and Summit, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 18–19, in Ottawa. The objective of the conference and summit is to bring together experts to discuss the current opioid crisis in Canada and identify levers for change. The desired outcome is a Joint Action Plan with a prioritized set of actions and a commitment to transparency.

When it comes to problematic substance use and addiction, there is a lack of understanding of the science behind these issues, and there is a clear imbalance between the investment required and the impact of substance use disorders and addiction on our society. This week both reminds us of the progress we have made as a country in this area, but also that there is much more to be done.