The Impact of Substance Use
The impact of substance use is not uncommon for communities and populations across Canada. The harms and issues associated with substance use can be complex and multidimensional, having implications for the economy, justice and enforcement sectors, as well as the social and physical health of individuals and their communities.
The economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was estimated to be $38.4 billion. This estimate represents a cost of approximately $1,100 for every Canadian, regardless of age. Legally available psychoactive substances, tobacco and alcohol, contributed over two-thirds of these costs, and there were
1 Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms Scientific Working Group. (2018). Canadian substance use costs and harms (2007–2014). (Prepared by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.) Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. Retrieved from https://www.csuch.ca/en/report/