Substance Use & Misuse at School

The following resource has been developed to provide you with valuable information and programs that can improve the health of the children and youth at your school. The resource has been developed based on three components of the Ministry of Education's Foundations for a Healthy School framework (external link): Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; Social and Physical Environments; and Home, School and Community Partnerships. For information on student leadership and engagement strategies, please visit our Youth Engagement pages.

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Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Elementary

Elementary & Secondary

Secondary

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Social and Physical Environments

Elementary & Secondary

Treatment and Counselling

  • ADAPT (external link) (Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Prevention and Treatment)
    Assessment and treatment services for people with drug, alcohol and gambling concerns.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (external link)
    Support services for individuals with an alcohol addiction.
  • CAMH (external link) (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
    Website that provides information and services to individuals, family or friends affected by drug and alcohol addictions.
  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline (external link) 1-800-565-8603
    24-hour help line providing information and referral for individuals seeking drug and alcohol treatment services.
  • Kids Help Phone (24 hours) (external link) 1-800-668-6868
    24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Kids Help Phone offers a wide range of professional services, like phone, Live Chat and online resources for children and youth.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (external link)
    Support services for people with substance addictions.
  • North Halton Mental Health Clinic
    Community-based psychiatric assessment, treatment, counselling and case management for clients and their family members. Part of Halton Region’s Health Department.
  • ROCK (external link) (Reach Out Centre for Kids)
    Mental health centre for children that offers effective and innovative treatment and therapy; and prevention and early intervention for those having, or at risk of developing, mental health problems or mental illness.

Youth Friendly Websites

Elementary & Secondary

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Home, School and Community Partnerships

Elementary & Secondary

  • ADAPT (external link) (Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Prevention and Treatment)
    Assessment and treatment services for people with drug, alcohol and gambling concerns.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (external link)
    Support services for individuals with an alcohol addiction.
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton (external link)
    Community service that provides mentoring programs for children in order to meet the emotional, physical and social needs of girls and boys in our community.
  • CAMH (external link) (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
    Information on mental health and addictions, substance use prevention programs, and clinical services.
  • Council on Drug Abuse (external link)
    Organization that sponsors preventative alcohol and drug education programs in schools. 
  • Halton Equitable Drug Strategy (external link)
    A collaborative plan which aims to prevent, reduce and eliminate stigma associated with substance use, reduce fragmentation, limit duplication of services, ensure well-informed community activities, improve access to community service and ensure high quality services.
  • Halton Regional Police Services (external link)
    List of drug education programs for children from kindergarten to grade 8 run by Halton Regional Police Services
  • Lions Quest Canada: The Centre for Positive Youth Development (external link)
    Organization that has information and resources on the 40 Developmental Assets®. It provides innovative and well-researched programs, products, training and services for youth, parents, educators, and community leaders in order to foster positive youth development.
  • MADD (external link) (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)
    Organization that provides support and educational programs to prevent drug and alcohol related automobile crashes
  • Our Kids Network (external link)
    A community based initiative that can assist with coordinating and providing services, resources and support for families, schools and the community.
  • The Posse Project (external link)
    A peer outreach support service run by youth for youth living in North Halton. The group aims to support and encourage safer decision making in reducing the risks associated with drug use, sex, homelessness, violence and discrimination.
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada
    Information about commonly used drugs and resources for parents on drug prevention.
  • Parent Action on Drugs (external link)
    Evidence-based programs and resources for youth, families, professionals and community members concerning issues that impact substance use and youth.
  • Search Institute® (external link)
    Organization that provides information and resources on the 40 Developmental Assets®.
  • Youth Speak (external link)
    Presentations by youth regarding youth-related issues to inspire other youth for positive change.
  • Youth Aiding Youth (external link)
    A community based program whose goal is to match volunteers aged 16-24, on a one to one bases with younger children aged 6 to 10 to promote healthy growth and development.

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