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Substance Use - Information for Healthcare Providers

Either directly or indirectly, alcohol and other substance use affects many Canadians. As a healthcare provider, you are in a unique position to make a significant difference in the lives of your patients:

  • Ask about alcohol and/or other substance use
  • Advise on the short/long-term physical, mental, emotional and social risks
  • Assess readiness to make a change with their use
  • Assist in strategies to optimize their health and wellbeing in regards to alcohol and other substances
  • Arrange for additional support

Learn more about how you can help patients regarding issues related to alcohol, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), tobacco, cannabis (marijuana), opioids and the fentanyl patch for patch program.

Date of creation: June 15, 2017
Last modified on: June 15, 2017