A public health approach to substance use acknowledges the inevitability of substance use in society. A public health approach to prevention is focused on reducing factors which increase the risk of developing a substance use disorder and preventing substance use-related harms, as opposed to preventing substance use itself. (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2018). While the resources in this section are focused on primary prevention, prevention is accomplished through a variety of interrelated mechanisms, including treatment and harm reduction. Health promotion expands on prevention to work toward the goals of reducing stigma and strengthening health and well-being more broadly. (CCSA, 2014).
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Injecting Drug User Implementation Tool: Implementing Comprehensive HIV an HCV Programmes with People who Inject Drugs
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Tool | Published: 2017
Gender-Informed Virtual Interventions Addressing Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
Webinar | Published: 2021
The Evidence Podcast
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
Podcast | Published: 2019
Understanding Substance Use: A Health Promotion Perspective
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)
Report | Published: 2013