Parent Action on Drugs annual report for 2016 2017 is now available.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the School Mental Health ASSIST program partnered to produce three new downloadable print resources about opioids: the facts, the dangers, problem signs, and getting help. Prescription opioids and fentanyl are covered, as well as information about naloxone, the medication that can prevent death in someone who has overdosed.
“8% and 10% of grades 7 and 8 and high school students, respectively, said they used prescription opioids without a prescription at least once in the past year.” (Ontario Student Drug and Health Survey, 2015)
While the majority of youth are not experimenting or using prescription opioids, or using street drugs that may contain opioids, knowingly or unknowingly, the danger of overdose and possibly death to those who do is high. This level of risk makes it essential that young people and the adults in their lives be educated. These practical information sheets are a must in the substance use/misuse prevention and education tool box.
2017 Annual General Meeting of Parent Action on Drugs
Monday, September 11, 2017
North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #1
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5V7
Featuring a presentation by Suzanne Witt-Foley on Youth and Mental Health.
Contact the Parent Action on Drugs office if you would like to attend. 416 395-4970 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Complex. Challenging. Broad societal impact. Words that come to mind when thinking about the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada. I recently had the opportunity to hear the Honourable Anne McLellan, chair of the Government of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, also use these words when she spoke at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. She spoke about the work of the Task Force and where we are headed. Having scanned the 106-page Task Force’s report on the recommended framework for legalization and regulation, it was a welcome opportunity to learn more about how the recommendations came together (80 diverse position statements taken into consideration) and how quickly so (five months), in a more dynamic way. While Ms. McLellan recapped the general public health approach and principles upon which the legislation introduced by the federal government is based, i.e., take a cautionary approach and protect the public’s health and safety, she imparted some interesting and important side notes, a few I’d like to share here.
In a nutshell, there is much to learn about cannabis, its effects, and how to best legislate production, distribution, and use to promote public health and safety. Every aspect of society will be impacted in some way by legalization and regulation of recreational cannabis from perceived norms to business development to educational opportunities to health care to law enforcement to—you name it! Thus, the Task Force has recommended legislation that is cautious and flexible to respond to evolving knowledge and experience. As health educators and promoters, we must get ahead of legalization and teach the risks of developmental harms to youth and those associated with problematic patterns of use at any age. We must target and engage parents, health care providers, educators, community workers, and youth themselves to develop and evaluate effective tools about facts, norms, and making healthy, safe choices around cannabis, regardless of what the laws will look like.
Parent Action on Drugs Communique
PAD to have a donation coin box at Ontario LCBO stores from April 23 – May 20, 2017
From Sunday April 23rd to Saturday May 20th, 2017, Parent Action on Drugs will have a donation coin box on the counters of all 650+ LCBO stores in Ontario.
PAD has been a leader in providing Ontario teens with relevant information about alcohol and other drugs for over 30 years. We work directly with youth and their families to develop programs and resources that are meaningful to them and will make a difference in their lives. Our updated Parent Action Pack gives parents accessible and current information about alcohol and other drugs and how to have meaningful conversations with their teens about staying safe.
Donations will help PAD develop and distribute additional resources for parents and youth.
We encourage you to look for our coin box on LCBO counters from April 23rd to May 21st and make a donation.
Please share this with your networks and encourage them to spread the word.
We appreciate the support we receive through the LCBO Coin Box Donation program and hope you can join in with your donation!
For more information on PAD’s programs and resources, visit www.parentactionondrugs.org or call us at 416-395-4970.
Thank you for your support!
2016 Annual General Meeting of Parent Action on Drugs
Monday, September 26, 2016
North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #1
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5V7
Parent Action on Drugs is pleased to share some exciting news about changes within our organization. As of May, 2016, Joanne Brown has assumed the role of Executive Director. Joanne has been at PAD for over 25 years, in the roles of Program Director and Lead for PAD within HC Link. Joanne will be applying her extensive management experience and health promotion knowledge to provide leadership for PAD as we continue to deliver evidence-based, innovative and responsive service within the substance misuse prevention field.
To complement Joanne’s new role, we are also pleased to announce that Jane McCarthy has joined PAD as Manager of Program Development. Jane has over 25 years’ experience in the health promotion field, following completion of her Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at UCLA and Master of Science, Health Behaviour from the University of Waterloo. Her experience in the health charity sector has been as the Director of Services and Education with the ALS Society of Canada, and with The ALS Association, National Office in the U.S. Most recently Jane has completed a contract role within the William Osler Health System.
Diane Buhler, PAD’s previous Executive Director for over 25 years, will remain on board at PAD in a consultative role to assist in the transition process as she works her way to full retirement in the fall.
The PAD team looks forward to our continuing work with partners, stakeholders and supporters to further our shared vision of healthy and informed youth, families and communities.
After a long process, PAD’s Strengthening Families for Parent and Youth (SFPY) program has been selected as a global good practice in a report published by the American University of Beirut (AUB).
In March 2014, the UN Inter Agency Technical Task Team on Young People (UNIATTTYP) for the Middle East and North Africa/Arab States, began a process to document good and promising practices in adolescent and youth. The geographic focus was the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, but the project also looked at programs globally in order to recommend some “best buys” in adolescent programming that could be applied in the MENA region.
This project was spearheaded by UNICEF MENARO, who had partnered with the Outreach and Practice Unit (OPU) of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut. The age group the project focused on was 12-24 year olds, and thematic areas included employability, social protection, civic engagement, and health (among many others).
The first phase was research on the part of AUB, who selected a few of PAD programs that could be considered good/best practices for youth aged 12-24. PAD’s programs were among the 169 potential good practices that the AUB had found regionally and globally. After looking at several of PAD’s programs, the AUB decided to focus on PAD’s SFPY program.
Second, the programs were rated based on a number of criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Replication, Equity Analysis, Evidence-based, Innovation, Values Orientation, Youth Involvement. The SFPY program met this criteria and was selected as a potential good practice.
To validate the research made by AUB to this point, PAD participated in an in-depth interview about the SFPY program, where we shared more details with the researchers.
After the interview, the SFPY program was deemed by AUB to still meet the criteria listed above, and the researchers completed a report that explained the various aspects of the program.
The entire process above took around 8 months. After 8 months, the final stage of the process was for PAD to “validate” the write-up by the researchers. PAD and AUB had a back-and-forth consisting of report edits, and a few months later we were asked to provide some photos of the program.
Last month, we were contacted by AUB who had finalized the report. After such a long process, it was exciting for us to see the final result. The AUB did a great job at summarizing the key aspects of the program and why it is considered a “good practice”. It’s interesting to see that a Canadian-based program has potential for global audiences as well!