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

Drug Free World

Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions.  Parents, children and youth can learn at their own pace with the comprehensive website that includes video and complete information on each of the drugs. The “test your knowledge” area is a good place to start where you can test your basic knowledge about drugs.

Teachers can order the free “Our Truth About Drugs Education Package” as it is the ideal supplemental aid for teachers to communicate the truth about drugs effectively.  The kit provides lesson plans, assignments and classroom activities so that youth can learn and use the information to make the right choices about drugs.

Drug Free World is a worldwide network of volunteers, 50 million of drug prevention booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on more than 500 television stations. These materials and activities have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them.

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