The Prevention Pillar includes strategies and interventions that help to prevent the harmful use of substances.

This includes:

  • Reducing individual, family, neighbourhood and community harm from substance use by addressing risk factors and enhancing protective factors
  • Delaying the onset of first substance use
  • Reducing the incidence (rate of new cases over a period of time) and prevalence (number of current cases at one time in a population) of problematic substance use and substance dependence
  • Providing education regarding substance issues, resiliency, and the social determinants of health

Examples of prevention include supporting the development of programs/curriculum to educate youth regarding the risks/benefits of substance use, offering family and individual mentorship programs that build resilience and protective factors, and engaging in the development of municipal policies regarding selling and accessing substances.