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NWT Addictions Report 2010

NWT Addictions Report 2010

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Published by George Lessard
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The aim of this report is to present detailed findings from the 2009 NWT Addictions Survey
.
Topics covered include the prevalence of alcohol use, tobacco, illicit drugs and gambling
activities.
The 2009 NWT Addictions Survey included core content from the Canadian Tobacco Use and
Monitoring Survey (CTUMS) while the alcohol, illicit drug and gambling items in the
questionnaire were derived from the core content of the Canadian Addictions Survey (CAS).
This report will help to provide reliable data on alcohol, illicit drug, tobacco use and gambling
activities within the NWT. In turn, this data can be used to:
1.
Assist government and health professionals understand the current state of substance
use in the NWT; and
2.
Inform decision-making related to prevention and treatment programming.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The aim of this report is to present detailed findings from the 2009 NWT Addictions Survey
.
Topics covered include the prevalence of alcohol use, tobacco, illicit drugs and gambling
activities.
The 2009 NWT Addictions Survey included core content from the Canadian Tobacco Use and
Monitoring Survey (CTUMS) while the alcohol, illicit drug and gambling items in the
questionnaire were derived from the core content of the Canadian Addictions Survey (CAS).
This report will help to provide reliable data on alcohol, illicit drug, tobacco use and gambling
activities within the NWT. In turn, this data can be used to:
1.
Assist government and health professionals understand the current state of substance
use in the NWT; and
2.
Inform decision-making related to prevention and treatment programming.

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December 2010
NWT Addictions Report 
Prevalence of alcohol, illicit drug, tobacco use and gambling in theNorthwest Territories
 
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
The aim of this report is to present detailed findings from the 2009 NWT Addictions Survey.Topics covered include the prevalence of alcohol use, tobacco, illicit drugs and gamblingactivities.The 2009 NWT Addictions Survey included core content from the Canadian Tobacco Use andMonitoring Survey (CTUMS) while the alcohol, illicit drug and gambling items in thequestionnaire were derived from the core content of the Canadian Addictions Survey (CAS).This report will help to provide reliable data on alcohol, illicit drug, tobacco use and gamblingactivities within the NWT. In turn, this data can be used to:1.
 
Assist government and health professionals understand the current state of substanceuse in the NWT; and2.
 
Inform decision-making related to prevention and treatment programming.
Alcohol Highlights
In the 12 months prior to the 2009 survey, 77% of NWT residents 15 years and overreported they consumed alcohol.43% of residents surveyed said they typically consume 5 or more drinks on oneoccasion. This is an increase
from
34% since 1996.Among current drinkers in 2009, 64% of 15 to 24 year olds reported consuming 5 ormore drinks on a single occasion and one in four engaged in heavy drinking at least oncea week.Aboriginal people tend to drink less frequently than non-aboriginal, but tend toconsume a larger amount when they do drink.In general, as education levels increase the number of drinks consumed on a singleoccasion decreases. Although university graduates drink more frequently, they drinklower quantities on a single occasion.
Illicit Drugs Highlights
The majority of the NWT population reported using cannabis at least once in theirlifetime. Overall, the proportion of 
lifetime users
increased from 53% to 59% between1996 and 2009.At least 11% of the NWT population aged 15 and over are using cannabis on a weeklybasis.People who reported trying one of the five types of illicit drugs (cocaine/crack,hallucinogens, speed, ecstasy and heroin) at least once in their life increased from 16%in 2002 to 24% in 2009.The prevalence of past year use of any of the five illicit drugs increased from 2% to 4%between 2002 and 2009 which might be attributed an increased use of hallucinogens(magic mushrooms, PCP or LSD) and ecstasy.

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