Key Issue: Substance Use

Check our blog to learn more about the first 3 years of this initiative. Download a PDF version of the Substance Use Timeline

Collective Impact on Substance Use: a 3 Year Snapshot. Download the PDF to access readable version.

Factors contributing to Substance Use Crisis on the Northside

The Substance Use Roundtable prioritized 3 key factors:

  • High Rates of Substance Use 
  • High Rates of Stigma toward people who use drugs in the community, healthcare system, and criminal justice system
  • Lack of collaboration between key systems and people in the sectors of substance use and mental health 

These priorities flowed into the development of the Substance Use Action Plan (Download the PDF here Substance Use Action Plan):

This plan identifies long-term intended impacts and pathways we are testing to achieve them.

Backbone Support

Based on the Substance Use Action Plan, NSR  provides support to the following initiatives:






Cape Breton Association of People Empowering Drug Users:  CAPED is a society of people who use drugs (PWUD) and/or people with lived/living experience (PWLLE). CAPED builds support for evidence-based services that could save lives in the community. 




Naloxone Business Engagement Program


Our Stories

Substance Use in our Community: How to Move Forward

Rising Tide Festival brings community together to understand harmful substance use


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