An important facet of the work we do is to advocate for better education about the risks inherent in substance use, whether acquired through medical prescriptions or through illicit means. We continue to research available educational resources as well as maintaining on-going conversations with educational professionals, education ministries and local boards of education.

Drug Awareness Education Resources

Parent Action on Drugs

Parent Action on Drugs began in 1983 by a group of parents concerned about the use of alcohol and other drugs by their teenage children. PAD develops and provides innovative and relevant resources and services, based on current research and “better/best practices” aimed at parents, professionals (teachers, health promoters, practitioners) and youth.  PAD is an Ontario-wide organization whose programs and resources are used in communities across Canada.  Some of their programs include; peer education, youth engagement programs, resiliency- building programs and resources, resources for parents, youth and professionals.

PAD provides free downloads for pamphlets for topics such as:

  • An Early Start — Drug Prevention Starts at Home
  • Building Resilient Youth — Practical Tips for Helping Your Teens Make Healthy Choices
  • Parent Action Pack — Stats, Facts and Talking Points about Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • When You Have Concerns — About Your Child’s Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use.

PAD also has a parent and community handbook, you can view parts of it for free and can order it online. This resource is for parents, caregivers and community members concerned about youth in the 12-18 age range and gives parents information about teenage substance use and specific facts about more than 15 drugs and drug categories to help parents and other adults provide guidance to the youth in their lives.

3. Kids and Drugs — A Parent’s Guide to Prevention

An easy-to-read 42-page booklet (PDF) produced by the RCMP and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission for parents who want to know more about drugs and about raising resilient children. This booklet covers items like talking with your kids, helping your kids make good decisions, what parents need to know, and a personal action plan.  Lists protective and risk factors.

Canadian Drug Education Health Strand Grades 4-9

Comparative study across Canada from grades 4-9. Copied and pasted from each of the provinces and territories. Interesting to note that British Columbia appears to have the most comprehensive approach. Note that Quebec does not have any provincial standards. 

Canadian Drug Education Health strand in grades 4-9 (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet 20.6Kb)

Canadian Drug Education Health strand in grades 4-9 (Adobe Acrobat PDF 622Kb)

Letter from Minister of Education MPP Mitzie Hunter

You may find this letter received from Ontario Minister of Education MPP Mitzie Hunter, in response to a letter written by 12-year-old Jessica Spirak, inquiring and commenting on the current educational curriculum for drug use awareness.

Letter from Minister of Education MPP Mitzie Hunter