Prevention refers to interventions throughout the lifecycle that seek to prevent or delay the onset of substance use and that addresses root causes of underlying struggles. Prevention is the foundation in addressing substance use before the problems occur rather than waiting until problems are present. More than education, prevention involves strengthening the health, social and economic factors that can reduce the risk of substance use, including access to health care, housing, education, and employment.
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We invite you to download our 2020-2022 workplan document here.
Terms of Reference
Prevention Pillar Terms of Reference – Objectives
Develop evidence-based programs that focus on the causes and nature of addictions, as well as prevention
Investigate a variety of strategies and interventions that help prevent harmful use of alcohol and both regulated and unregulated drugs.
Investigate and develop interventions to prevent, or delay the onset of substance use and address the root cause of addiction.
Increase the skills of staff in schools and youth organizations to teach children and youth about the harms of substance use.
Initiatives from 2019 to present
In partnership with Nipissing 3rd year BScN students during a Winter placement, we developed an Icelandic Model Fact Sheet for Youth Substance Use Prevention
Invested considerable time investigating the Icelandic Model:
Planet Youth Lanark County
Core Elements Conference on the Icelandic Model
Strategy and Implementation Framework developed by Western Region
Updates of the Icelandic Model Power Point
In partnership with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, we developed an initiative and resources for Post-Secondary Students around Mental Health
In partnership with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, we developed an initiative and resources for Mental Health for Secondary School students.
Completed the following environmental scans in 2020: (Definition of an environmental scan is the process of gathering, analyzing, and dispensing information for strategic purposes and planning)
Scan around Drugs and Alcohol
Scan around Methamphetamines
Scan around the use of Naloxone
Scans around Needle Syringe programs
Scan around Opioid use in Ontario
Trends and Patterns in the use of Benzodiazepines in Ontario