New results will help to ensure that policies are focused on areas of concern
OTTAWA, June 12, 2018 /CNW/- Timely and reliable data are critical to developing evidence-based policies and programs that will help Canadians reduce the risks of substance use. Today, Health Canada published the results of the 2016-2017 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs
The national survey—which measures tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary I to V in Quebec)—provides valuable information that will inform approaches to addressing complex health and social issues such as the problematic use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, including opioids and cannabis.
The research was conducted on behalf of Health Canada by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. The survey collected responses from more than 52,000 students and is a representative sample of the more than 2 million students of this age group in Canada.
The Government of Canada continues to take action to address substance use issues among Canadians. This includes:
"The health of Canada's youth is of great concern to us all. As a long-time advocate, I understand the challenges of encouraging youth to focus on good health. This survey helps us understand where we need to do more to support youth so that they can make healthier choices. It provides a solid foundation of evidence for our future policies and actions to address issues of substance use among young Canadians."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"All Canadians—especially our youth—deserve the opportunity to achieve optimal health, and to have a say in their own wellness. This is why the health and well-being of youth is a priority for me. These survey results shed light on how we can help youth address their unique health challenges and live long, healthy lives."
Dr. Theresa TamChief Public Health Officer of Canada
Associated LinksSummary of Results – Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2016-17 Propel Centre for Population Health Impact Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2014-2015
SOURCE Health Canada
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