Strengthening local, regional and national efforts to combat illicit and
prescription drug use among youth
NEW GLASGOW, NS, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Health, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional
Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General
for Canada, today announced $16.1 million in federal funding over three
years to help prevent and reduce illicit and prescription drug abuse
among youth ages 10 to 24.
The funding will support 34 projects across the country, including 4 in
Nova Scotia, to address a wide range of illicit and prescription drug
abuse issues, especially among vulnerable youth, who have a higher risk
of developing substance abuse and dependency.
Many of the projects will equip young people with the knowledge and
skills to recognise and avoid situations where there may be peer
pressure to use drugs. Others are designed to provide parents and those
who work with youth, with drug education and prevention strategies that
will help families and communities deal with the growing problem of
The projects being funded in Nova Scotia are: Youth Adventure Program (South Shore District Health Authority); Strengthening Youth and Families (Colchester East Hants Health Authority); Youth Truth Matters - A Youth Led Approach to Illicit Drugs in Rural
Communities (Tri-County Women's Centre); and Sober Passages: Addressing Illicit Drug Use during Life Transitions of
Rural Nova Scotia Middle-School/Junior High Youth (Pictou County Health Authority).
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 remaining projects will be announced in the coming weeks.
The projects are being funded under the Drug Strategy Community
Initiatives Fund (DSCIF), which is part of the Government's National
The DSCIF receives $9.6 million annually for a wide range of national,
provincial, territorial or local community-based initiatives that
contribute to reducing drug use among youth through health promotion
and prevention projects.
The DSCIF helps young people ages 10 to 24 to 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 and prescription drug
abuse before it happens.
The Government's National Anti-Drug Strategy focuses on prevention and
access 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 the National Anti-Drug Strategy in 2007, the
Government has invested approximately $72.4 million in multi-year
community-based projects through the DSCIF.
"Our Government is very proud of the innovative work done with our
partners under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to help prevent illicit
drug use and provide access to treatment to those with substance abuse
issues. Right here in Nova Scotia, this will mean local organizations
will continue to reach even more youth and ensure they are given the
tools and an opportunity to grow and heal. We are committed to funding
important initiatives such as these that encourage youth to make
smarter choices, assist those with drug dependencies and help make
communities across Canada safer and healthier".
Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of Canada
"The Harper Government supports drug prevention programs that are
focused on ending drug use. The funding announced today will support
many communities across the country 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
Minister of Health
"With the funding announced today, we will have the ability to enhance
the services offered to young people in those critical years between
grades 6 and 9 when many of them begin to experiment with drugs and
alcohol. The Sober Passages program will take a health
promotion/prevention approach that will provide the opportunity to work
closely with our partner agencies as we make information, skills and
supports available to young people and their parents."
Director, Addiction and Mental Health Services
Pictou County Health Authority
National Anti-Drug Strategy
The Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF) - At a Glance
News Release: Harper Government Invests in Drug Prevention Strategy for
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
Office of the Minister of Justice
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