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Substance Use in Canada Costs $38.4 Billion a Year - Alcohol and Tobacco Together Cause the Most Harm by a Large Margin

Aug 20, 2018

Substance Use in Canada Costs $38.4 Billion a Year - Alcohol and Tobacco Together Cause the Most Harm by a Large Margin

Substance use costs Canadian society $38.4 billion a year, or almost $1,100 for every person in Canada, according to a new study produced by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the University of Victoria's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR). Alcohol and tobacco use contributed over two thirds (70%) of these costs, with opioids ranked a distant third. 


The study provides national, provincial and territorial estimates for the cost and harms of substance use between 2007 and 2014 (the latest year for which comprehensive data was available). 

Read the news release. 

View the report.