Consumption of psychoactive substances

  • Indicator
Consumption of psychoactive substances

Description

The consumption of psychoactive substances is part of the “behaviour and lifestyle” subdimension. Examples of psychoactive substances include caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, legal and illegal drugs and medications. Their effects are highly diverse and they are used for various purposes and in a range of contexts. In some cases, their use can lead to health problems such as several types of cancer, overdoses, and various mental health problems (UNODC, 2016). Their consumption can also lead to psychological and physical dependence and to problematic substance use. Problem substance use is defined as the harmful use of psychoactive substances in a way that has negative effects on a person's health and life (Health Canada, 2019). Such use can affect many aspects of life, including mental health, social relationships, work, school, money, etc.

Committee approach

The committee has just begun its work on this aspect. Information will be added soon.

Team

Claude Rouillard

Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, FMED

Nadine Blanchette-Martin
Addiction research service CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale/CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches
Research Centre of the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches, RISQ, Université Laval

Patrick Bordeaux
Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, FMED

Francine Ferland
Addiction research service CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale/CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches
Research Centre of the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches, RISQ, Université Laval

Claire Grenier
Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, FMED

Valérie Houle
Public Health Department, CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale

Éric Langlois
Environmental Health and Toxicology Division, INSPQ

Paul-André Perron
Coroner's office

Josée Sénéchal
Valcartier Health Centre, CAF
Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, FMED

Maude St-Onge
Quebec Poison Centre, CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale
CHU de Quebec Research Centre, CHU de Québec - Université Laval
Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine & Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, FMED

Tools

PULSAR has developed a conceptual framework for exploring and identifying the best ways to measure and evaluate specific aspects of sustainable health. This framework makes it possible to take stock of existing tools and measures and categorize and classify them according to various criteria such as ease of use, complexity, and implementation cost. Once established by consensus by our committees, this system will provide a quick overview of the tools and measures proposed by PULSAR for each dimension of interest. The conceptual framework is re-evaluated annually to allow the committees to make improvements so it can be used to develop multiple indicators of sustainable health.

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