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Substance Use Resources for Elementary Educators

Attitudes about drugs and alcohol are initially formed in the home and are later strongly influenced by teachers and peers. Research demonstrates delayed onset of drug and alcohol use is vital to healthy brain development and good mental health. In addition, children and youth that use drugs or alcohol before age 14 are more likely to develop drug dependence issues at some point later in their lives, compared to those starting after 21 years. According to the literature, education on early drug and alcohol prevention ideally begin just prior to the average age of onset of use ( should be between Grade 7 and 9).

For stats and details on Ontario Student Drug Use – Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS).

  • Ophea H&PE Curriculum Lesson Plans Offers lesson plans, supplements and activities designed to reflect the requirements of the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum. Talk to your school Health and Physical Education Lead or Curriculum Consultant to find out if your School Board subscribes. (Ophea).

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Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know - Includes facts on cannabis, harms of use, recognizing signs of problematic cannabis use, how to support your children, and sources of additional information. Available in English and in French.

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