The Programme provides drug analysis services to analyze suspected illegal drugs that are seized by Canadian police forces and Canada Customs. The results of these analyses (90,000 samples per year) confirm the identity, and in some cases the purity, of the controlled substances that are seized by police and are used as evidence in Canadian courts.
The Programme also has regional drug analysis laboratories throughout the country where analysts are involved in the investigation and dismantling of clandestine laboratories that make illegal drugs. Expert advice and training is provided to police on sampling illicit drug seizures and on health and safety issues related to shutting down clandestine laboratories.
The Office of Demand Reduction coordinates efforts to prevent substance abuse and provides funding to support prevention activities at the community level. Funding is also provided to provinces and territories to support treatment services that will address substance abuse.
The Program Management Division (PMD) fosters excellence in Grants and Contributions Programs management and delivery in the Programs Directorate and the Regions and Programs Branch (RAPB). The Division will accomplish this by stewarding a culture of continuous improvement and knowledge exchange, fostering and nurturing strategic partnerships across the Department and by encouraging innovation.
The Programs and Knowledge Exchange Division works with provincial, territorial governments and non governmental organizations to plan, implement and evaluate prevention, cessation, and protection initiatives which help to reduce the number of Canadians who smoke and which help to reduce the number of Canadians who are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke.
The Gender and Health Unit supports capacity building for the implementation of sex and gender-based analysis in the development of research, policies and programs at Health Canada and within the Health Portfolio.