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Preventing substance-related harms among Canadian youth through action within school communities: A policy paper

Author: Public Health Agency of Canada (2021)

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2021). Preventing substance-related harms among Canadian youth through action within school communities: A policy paper.

Description

Building on key themes from the Chief Public Health Officer’s 2018 Report and responding to guidance and proceedings from multi-sector consultations, this policy paper identifies school communities as key players in addressing the issue of youth substance use and provides context to inform school-based strategies for prevention. Using a public health perspective, the paper describes the scope of problematic substance use in Canadian youth, then outlines public health objectives and five key principles that inform action to prevent substance use and promote health in youth through school communities.

Potential use

This resource helps to clarify issues related to youth substance use and provides context to inform research and school-based prevention interventions to address substance-related harms. It is useful for a broad audience within Canadian school communities, including those within the education system, researchers and community organizations that support youth, and planners and decision makers in the wider education sector.

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