As part of SD43’s ongoing focus on safe, inclusive schools and building school community connections, we are offering a district session, for all parents within each Family of Schools, on Substance Use Education. For more information, please see the attached flyer
Parents as Partners in Prevention: Preventing, Understanding and Responding to Youth Substance Use.
While the recent Public Health Crisis with respect to Opioid use is extremely alarming and tragic, it is not the norm with respect to teen substance use. It has, however, brought to light the importance of helping our youth make informed critical decisions for themselves and their family. Substance use by youth has generally been on a steady decline for decades in most jurisdictions across Canada, and coordinated prevention efforts and education have been partially attributed for this downward trend.
This conversation, however, can never start too early, so we welcome parents who have children at any age. It is important to note that substance use among students can have a significant impact on their education and attendance at school, place them in high risk social situations, create great turmoil in family dynamics, and exacerbate pre-existing mental health conditions or problematic behaviors. It can also lead to addiction and other life changing circumstances.
It is incumbent upon all of us to be informed and work collectively to help our children and youth. We look forward to your attendance and your future partnership with us in ensuring the health and well-being of all students.
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