This guide provides links to government policy and statistical resources on wide-ranging topics that include keywords such as 'substance abuse', 'drug policy', 'drugs of abuse', gambling, smoking, tobacco, alcohol abuse (alcoholics, alcoholism) and narcotics.

Selected non-governmental agencies relevant to the topic are also found under the Websites tab.

For other sources of government statistics use the Government Statistics guide.


Reference Materials: 

World Health Organization "Global status report on alcohol and health" (2011) is a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States.  Library also has the print edition: DDV UN9 WH 2011.G47.



Select Journals: 

Data & Statistics

  • Drugs and Alcohol surveys from the Library Data Centre
    Includes the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Survey (1994), Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey (2008,2009), Canadian Addiction Survey (2004), and the Health Indicators Database 1996 and 1997.

Government Information

Canada - Federal: 

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. CCSA reports annually to Parliament and the provincial and territorial legislatures. Look under 'topics' for various aspects of this theme.

Health Canada

Library of Parliament Background papers provide an excellent overview of public policy issues with bibliographical references to related materials.

National Anti-Drug Strategy (federal government portal)

Public Health Agency of Canada

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Canada - Provincial: 

Laws & Legislation

Canada - Federal: 
  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Legislation. On these pages you will find links to a selection of federal, provincial and territorial legislation; information about the legal drinking age in Canada; and a status update of relevant federal government bills currently being monitored by CCSA staff with links to the text of each bill.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN via Law Library of Congress) is a searchable database of selected foreign laws.  Search for laws on illicit drugs, substance abuse, etc.


United Nations


Listed here are non-governmental websites that have resources relating to substance abuse policies. Click on the 'Government Information' tab for websites from official sources.