CCSA welcomes federal budget provisions aimed at addressing substance abuse issues



    OTTAWA, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre on Substance (CCSA),
a national organization working to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harm,
welcomes provisions in the new federal budget that will contribute to Canada's
overall efforts to address the problems associated with substance abuse. CCSA
is particularly pleased with the government's focus on prevention, treatment
and awareness, and with the identification of youth as the prime focus of new
measures.
    "We see this as a signal that the government understands the complexity
of substance abuse problems and that these problems must be addressed through
a sustained commitment across a range of areas," said CCSA's Chief Executive
Officer Michel Perron. "In terms of investing in solutions, we are encouraged
to see that fully two-thirds of new spending will be devoted to mounting a
national prevention strategy and to filling treatment gaps."
    Mr. Perron said this new federal investment will complement the work
already underway by other orders of government and the not-for-profit and
private sectors to develop recommendations for action in the areas of
treatment, alcohol, prevention and youth. For the last three years, CCSA and
Health Canada have worked together in a strategic and systematic way to build
bridges between the many groups working in the substance abuse field,
including health specialists, educators and law enforcement professionals.
    "CCSA is committed to working with all partners to maximize the impact of
these new measures," said Mr. Perron. "We have made excellent progress so far
and the federal government's announcement of further action will be a strong
stimulus for ongoing collaboration on this challenging file."

    About CCSA

    CCSA is Canada's national addictions organization and is supported by
Health Canada through Canada's Drug Strategy. CCSA has a legislated mandate to
provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to
mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harms.




For further information:

For further information: Brooke Bryce, Canadian Centre on Substance
Abuse (CCSA), (613) 235-4048, ext. 243, bbryce@ccsa.ca


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