Substance Use

Youth is a time of significant growth and change. It is often when risky behaviours take place and substance use begins. These behaviours can result in consequences such as injuries, car crashes, school difficulties and relationship problems. Understanding youth’s needs is essential for providing them with guidance and support.

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in Canada. Cannabis is the second most commonly used substance. On October 17, 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize and regulate the sale and use of cannabis and cannabis products. Understanding the impacts of alcohol use and cannabis is essential to minimizing the risks and harms.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Substance Use

Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) PhotoVoice Project
   

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. 

The aim of the YAP PhotoVoice project was for a group of Saskatchewan youth to use photos and words to communicate the impact alcohol has in their lives. The final photos were printed on 11 panels that are available for use by community organizations and schools. A video and accompanying booklet were produced for use by educators and others who work with youth.

Alcohol Education Program
   

University of Saskatchewan Colleges of Nursing and Education; Saskatchewan Health Authority; and Others. 

Website includes resources for youth, parents, teachers and coaches on alcohol use. It includes several lessons designed to integrate with Saskatchewan curriculum, in particular with Health/Wellness 9 and 10 and lessons for the Biology curriculum. It provides full lessons, relevant resources (videos, prezi's, etc.), educational techniques and ideas for dealing with sensitive topics.

Lending Library
 

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. 

The Institute has a DVD and resource lending library. Some DVD titles include: Alcohol and the Brain; Binge Drinking: Facts and Consequences; Everything You Need to Know about Alcohol in 22 Minutes; In the Greenhouse; and Precious Gift.

Alcohol
     

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). 

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in Canada. Understanding the impacts of alcohol use is essential to minimizing the risks and harms. For this reason, CCSA conducts research, brings together knowledge and provides targeted materials to support evidence-based decisions and actions for policy, practice and use.

Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies
     

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). 

A communication guide to help educate youth allies on how to have safe, unbiased and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis. By taking a harm reduction approach and providing a basis for communicating accurate information about cannabis, youth allies will be able to better support young people in making informed decisions about their cannabis use.

The Highway Home?
   

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). 

An interactive website that lets students make decisions about drug-impaired driving online and not on the road.

Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). 

A study examining common misconceptions about cannabis held by youth, where gaps in evidence-based information exist and how best to move forward with cannabis prevention efforts. This report will help ensure that parents, teachers and youth are accurately informed of the effects of cannabis use. It will also aid policy makers, prevention specialists and researchers in developing evidence-informed prevention efforts for youth.

Cannabis
     

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). 

Cannabis is the second most commonly used substance in Canada, after alcohol. On October 17, 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize and regulate the sale and use of cannabis and cannabis products. Understanding the impacts of cannabis is essential to minimize the risks and harms and to maximize the benefits of its use. For that reason, CCSA conducts research, brings together knowledge and provides targeted materials to support evidence-based decisions and actions for cannabis policy and practice.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use & Addiction
     

A non-governmental organization that provides national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms. The Centre provides guidance to decision makers through harnessing the power of research, collecting and organizing knowledge, and bringing together diverse perspectives. Areas of focus include: alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, gambling, methamphetamine, opiods, prescription drugs, substance use in Canada, treatment and recovery; and much more.

Drug Free Kids Canada
   

Drug Free Kids Canada. 

A Canadian, non-governmental, registered charity that believes that educating and informing parents and kids can make an important difference in helping to reduce drug abuse and addiction. The website includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery information and resources.

Nuggets
 

Filmbilder & Friends. 

A short animated film depicting the cycle of addiction.

Through a Blue Lens
 

National Film Board of Canada. 

A documentary following a group of officers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where drug addicts talk openly about how they got to the streets and send a powerful message of caution to others about the dangers of drug abuse.

Drug Class
   

Rand Teed Consulting. 

A program designed to help teens understand how substance use can get in the way of having the life they want.

First Nations Programs

Buffalo Riders Training Program
 

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. 

The Buffalo Riders program enhances and strengthens community-based capacity to provide youth with early and brief interventions and support services in reducing substance using behaviour. The five day training program for facilitators includes the latest research and culturally specific teachings about youth resiliency, risk and protective factors, and developmental assets/factors which research has identified as critical for young people’s successful growth and development. The program targets First Nations youth between the ages of 11 – 13 years who are indicated as at risk through substance use, living on reserve, and/or attending the community school

Substance Use Treatment Centres for First Nations and Inuit
   

Government of Canada. 

List of substance use treatment centres and programs for First Nations and Inuit by province; includes options in Saskatchewan and for youth.

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

SAYCW 2019 Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey Provincial Poster

June 27, 2019 – The 2019 SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities (TYTC) Survey Provincial Poster is now available! The the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being…

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This brief questionnaire seeks feedback from schools, school divisions, and other Saskatchewan stakeholders on the SAYCW Youth Health Survey 2015, the results reports, and the Healthy Schools and Communities grant. We hope to learn from you to improve SAYCW’s work in conducting our next Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey in 2019, preparing the results reports, and translating the knowledge into health promoting action.

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