Sure - Canadian Substance Use Resource and Knowledge Exchange Centre

Psychoactive substances have been used throughout human history for spiritual, medicinal, social, and individual purposes. Human interaction with these substances ranges from abstinence to a spectrum of use from beneficial to non-problematic, potentially harmful use, and the development of substance use disorders. (CPHA, 2014)

Listening to the expertise of people who use substances is key to understanding substance use. This section provides background information specific to why people use substances and addressing misconceptions – for further information we encourage you to review resources highlighted under “lived and living experience.”

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