Talking to Kids About Drugs

Toolkits for teachers

Talking to kids about drugs is an important and often challenging topic for teachers to creatively incorporate into curriculum. These websites have an integrated set of web-based resources for you to utilize in your prevention / health promotion work with youth in schools.

Parents and caregivers

Drug use among teens in Niagara

Talking to kids might be difficult, but it's a conversation worth having.

  • 9 per cent of students reported that it is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get opioids
  • The most commonly used drugs among students in Grades 7-12 are high-caffeine energy drinks, alcohol and cannabis
  • About 8 per cent of students report binge drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion) at least once in the past month
  • 14 per cent of secondary school students report that they used cannabis to cope with a mental health problem at least once in the past year
  • 42 per cent of students report that in the past year, there was a time they wanted to talk to someone about a mental health problem but did not know where to turn

Source: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's 2021 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey

Addiction support

Help those in need know where to turn. Learn about addiction support services in Niagara.

Reasons why kids are doing drugs

Kids say that they are bored, they have nothing to do, they are stressed, they want to experiment and they want to feel relaxed.

Learn how to talk to your kids about drugs from the following websites:

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