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Substance Abuse in Canada

Issues in Canada Series

Substance Abuse in Canada    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-19-543387-6
Pages 254
Language English only
Price $19.95

Written by Marilyn Herie and Wayne Skinner.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2010.


Substance use – and abuse – has existed in virtually all cultures throughout human history. Canada is no exception to this. But what may come as a surprise are the rates and the substances themselves that are most liable to abuse in this country. A recent study estimates that the cost of substance abuse is equivalent to $1,267 for every man, woman, and child in Canada in terms of lost productivity, health care, and law enforcement. And this does not include the personal cost. It is an issue worth considering.

In an accessible and engaging style, this short book presents the latest research, survey, and interview data on substance abuse, taking into account Canada's regional differences and demography. Substance Abuse in Canada describes the models used by experts to explain substance abuse and addiction, and evaluates the various social policy, psychological, and medical solutions.

  • Introduction
  • An Overview of Substance Abuse in Canada
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opiates and Opioids
  • Canadian Alcohol and Drug Policy: Travels in Disputed Territory
  • Major Approaches in Addictions Treatment
  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • References
  • Index
  • Credits
Students and interested general readers alike will learn a great deal about how experts have come to understand the complicated, controversial topic of substance abuse. Substance Abuse in Canada will be useful for educators in social work and mental health and addiction teaching, as well as professionals in related fields (counsellors, corrections' officers, healthcare workers). As a general overview of substance abuse in this country, it will also be of interest to people who suffer from substance abuse themselves or who have a family member or friend who does.

Marilyn Herie, Ph.D., RSW, is an Advanced Practice Clinician at Ontario's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), as well as Adjunct Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and Director of the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto. She has co-authored books, book chapters, and articles in scholarly journals on brief treatment, alcohol dependence, relapse prevention, dissemination research, and online learning. Marilyn offers clinical training in motivational interventions and addiction treatment across Canada and internationally.

Wayne Skinner, MSW, RSW, is Deputy Clinical Director, Addictions Programs, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where he leads strategic priorities in problem gambling, concurrent disorders capacity-building and aboriginal addictions and mental health. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. He also directs the Addiction Studies Program in Continuing Education at the University of Toronto's St. Michael's College and teaches in the School of Social Work at York University.

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