Prevention Publication

Coloring Book

In December 2004  White Buffalo Treatment Centre  in partnership with artist Kevin Perry developed a colouring book aimed at school aged children. 12 pages promote healthy living messages. The back cover features a message to parents about parenting as a form of prevention. A limited number of colouring books are available from the centre in your area.




In an effort to raise awareness about solvent abuse, CCSA and YSAC co-sponsored a poster contest directed at Canadian children and youth. Participants were invited to submit a poster design focusing on key prevention themes such as the harms of solvent use and how to say no to solvent use. Winners were announced on March 15, 2005 at the International Forum on Youth Solvent Addiction Treatment and Research.


Prevention Manual

photoIn 1998 White Buffalo Treatment Centre in conjunction with several concerned organizations developed a Province wide prevention manual. In 2004, White Buffalo Board which represents all of the organizations agreed to have the manual available for national publication. The manual underwent some edits and the result isnow available through the treatment centre in your region.  The manual includes session ideas for K- Highshool, Fact Sheets for educators as well as 12 ready to use overheads for delivering solvent abuse education and awareness in your school or community group. Please be advised manuals are best distributed in conjunction with a 1 day prevention manual training program which can be scheduled through the centre.


Research Publication

Resiliency and Holistic Inhalant Abuse Treatment

In Canada, a major and innovative national response to inhalant abuse among First Nations youth has been the establishment of residential treatment centres through the federally funded National. Native Youth Solvent Addiction program (NNYSA). This paper focuses on the role of a holistic conception of resiliency in inhalant abuse treatment in the NNYSA program…

By: Colleen Anne Dell, PhD, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, and Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse,

Debra E. Dell, BA, Co-ordinator Youth Solvent Addiction Committee,

Carol Hopkins, MSW, Executive Director Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre


Click here for Full Content


Designing a Tool to Measure the Impact of Client Length of Stay on Treatment Outcome

In 2003, the Youth Solvent Addiction Committee (YSAC) partnered with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) to examine the role of program length and length of client stay in youth residential solvent treatment program design. The foremost conclusion was there is still much to be learned about residential treatment programming for First Nations youth who abuse solvents, and that the issues of program length and client length of stay are far from resolved…


Prepared for: Youth Solvent Abuse Committee, c/o Nechi Training, Research and Health Promotions Institute

Prepared by: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Project team: Colleen Anne Dell, Greg Graves

Acknowledgment: Alan Ogborne

Click here for Full Content


Youth Residential Solvent Treatment Program Design: An Examination of the Role of Program Length and Length of Client Stay


The inhalation of psychoactive solvents such as glue, gasoline and lysol can provide the user with an instant rush of euphoria and other effects that some users find rewarding (e.g., loss of inhibition, altered sense of reality, hallucinations). However, the solvent user risks several debilitating effects such as loss of motor skills, seizures, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anxiety, irritability and even death from a single use. Chronic inhalation can be addictive and may result in damage to internal organs, peripheral nerves and failure of the liver and kidneys…


Submitted to: Youth Solvent Abuse Committee
c/o Nechi Training, Research, and Health Promotions Institute
Submitted by:   Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Project Team: Colleen Anne Dell, Alan Ogborne, Patricia Begin,
Gary Roberts, Debbie Ayotte, Manon Blouin and Debbie Dell

Click here for Full Content

Annual Reports

Click here for Annual Reports Full Content

Go to Top