Prescription drug misuse is one of the leading public health and safety concerns across North America. Prescription drugs have legal status and therapeutic uses, but also a high potential for harms.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), in partnership with the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Prescription Drug Misuse, has released a comprehensive 10-year, pan-Canadian strategy, First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada's Prescription Drug Crisis.

The strategy highlights the action required to address the harms associated with prescription drugs in Canada in the areas of prevention, education, treatment, monitoring and surveillance, and enforcement.

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