Educating and engaging young people in meaningful activities to help
prevent illicit drug use in our communities
WELLAND, ON, Aug. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Member
of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk on behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced $511,053 of federal funding under the Government's National Anti-Drug Strategy
(NADS), for the "C'est mon choix" project that will help prevent
illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse among at-risk youth in
Niagara, Hamilton, and Burlington regions.
This announcement is part of the $16.1 million in federal funding
announced by Minister Ambrose earlier this year to support 34 drug
prevention projects under the Government's Drug Strategy Community
Initiatives Fund (DSCIF). This initiative helps young people make
informed decisions about illicit and prescription drug use and
ultimately reduce risk-taking behaviours. It also helps strengthen the
ability of communities to get involved and prevent illicit drug use
before it happens.
The project, "C'est mon choix" intends to establish targeted educational
workshops in French on drug prevention, offered to youth in grades 5 to
12, across 16 primary and secondary schools.
Preventing substance abuse among young people is a critical focus of the
Government's National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS). The Strategy is the
cornerstone of the Government of Canada's efforts to keep Canadian
communities safe from the dangers linked to drug abuse and trafficking.
The federal Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF) provides
financial support for health promotion and prevention projects at the
national, provincial and local levels. It addresses a wide range of
illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse issues, especially among
The fund is currently focused on supporting health promotion projects
that target young people ages 10 to 24, who have a higher risk of
developing substance abuse and dependency: youth in life transition
stages, youth who are disadvantaged by their living conditions, and
youth living in rural/remote communities.
The Government's National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) focuses on
preventing substance abuse problems and supporting enhancements to
treatment for those with drug dependencies, while at the same time,
combating the production and distribution of illicit drugs that
threaten the safety of our youth and communities.
Since the announcement of NADS in the 2007 Federal Budget, the
Government has invested approximately $72.4million in multi-year
agreements through the DSCIF.
"I am very proud of the work done by the Centre de santé communautaire
Hamilton-Niagara to develop and implement interactive drug prevention
and health promotion workshops to vulnerable youth. Our youth are our
future and the Harper Government are proud to partner with a project
that will help prevent illicit drug use and give young people an
opportunity to achieve their full potential."
The Honourable Diane Finley
Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Northfolk
"This funding finally provides the much needed resources to the
francophone community in order that it can develop the tools and
strategies needed to reach out to the youth at a very crucial and
vulnerable time in their lives. There are no other agencies who can
offer this type of service to the French speaking youth of this area."
Executive Director, Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara
"Our Government supports drug prevention programs that are focused on
ending drug use. The funding announced today will support many
communities in improving the quality of prevention services and
reducing drug use among youth. It will also provide needed information
to those most affected by drug use, including parents, young people,
educators, law enforcement authorities and communities."
Minister of Health
Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara
News Release - Harper Government Supports Youth Drug Prevention Projects
across the Country
National Anti-Drug Strategy
The Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF) - At a Glance
News Release - Harper Government Invests in Drug Prevention Strategy for
Youth - Minister Ambrose attends roundtable on treatment and recovery
to listen to Canadians
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
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