Addiction

Learn the Facts + Get Informed

The first step to changing the statistics is getting the facts right about addiction in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Did you know?

  • Alcohol remains the most commonly used substance followed by cannabis and tobacco.
  • The entire population can be affected, including both genders, all socioeconomic classes, and all communities. Addictions impact our friends, our family and our coworkers.
  • Shame, guilt and fear often accompany the cycle of addiction. Help break the cycle by making the first step: acknowledge a problem and ask for help.
  • Legal substances (tobacco and alcohol) account for 79.3% of the total cost of substance abuse in Canada.
  • Yes, illegal drugs are part of the equation too. In Canada, they account for 20.7% of substance abuse and a total $8.2 billion.
  • Almost two thirds of Newfoundland and Labrador students surveyed in the 2012 Student Drug Use Survey reported using caffeinated energy drinks in the year before the survey.
  • Over half of the students surveyed in 2012, used one or more substances in the previous year.
  • Good news! The number of Newfoundland and Labrador students who choose to abstain is increasing and the average age of first use of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco in Newfoundland and Labrador is increasing.

Get the Facts About Addiction

  • anyone. anywhere.

    Addiction can affect any age group, gender, or socioeconomic class.

  • 79.3%

    of substance abuse is of legal products, and tobacco and alcohol are the most commonly used substances.

  • 2 out of every 3 students

    in this province use caffeinated energy drinks.

  • 20.7%

    of substance abuse is of illegal drugs.

  • Addiction  isnt just to substances.

    You can be addicted to doing something, like gambling.

  • Break the cycle.

    Shame, guilt, and fear feed the cycle of addiction. Remember, you’re definitely not alone. Break the cycle by taking the first step: ask for help.