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Montreal, November 25, 2010 – More than eight Quebecers on ten think drug and alcohol dependency problems are public health issues of concern. In the Léger Marketing survey “Quebecers and Substance Abuse,” released today as part of Drug Awareness Week, half of respondents say they are affected by substance abuse problems among those around them.

According to the survey results, young people today are far from immune to drug dependency, since Quebecers are almost unanimous (95%) in stating that it is easy for them to obtain drugs, regardless of age group or place of residence.

“The report published today bears witness to Quebecers’ widespread concern about the very real problems of drug addiction and the importance of providing services to those who need concrete help to combat their dependency,” said Portage president Peter A. Howlett. “Organisations like ours play an essential role in society in that they transform former drug and alcohol abusers into productive citizens.”

Two-thirds of respondents are of the opinion that private centres and public agencies must work together to effectively treat people with addiction problems. Moreover, 78% of the Quebecers polled would like more government funding for drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs.

“The survey clearly shows that substance abuse problems are a major concern for Quebecers,” explained Léger Marketing president Jean-Marc Léger. “In this respect, the public’s message couldn’t be clearer in the poll: the people want the government to invest more in drug abuse treatment and work closely with private organisations.”


The Léger Marketing survey “Quebecers and Substance Abuse” was conducted via the Internet between November 15 and 18, 2010, drawing on the LegerWeb panel of Internet users. In total, 1,000 Quebecers age 18 and over responded to the survey. For purposes of comparison, a probability sample of the same size would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

About Portage

Since 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to overcome their drug addiction issues. The organisation offers a multitude of services tailored to the needs of its residents, including programs for adults, adolescents, mothers with young children, pregnant women, and people with both mental health and substance abuse problems. Portage operates seven substance abuse treatment centres across Quebec, with facilities in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Prévost (the Laurentians), Québec City, and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches). Three other establishments serve the populations of Ontario, British Colombia, and Atlantic Canada.

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