Parent Action Pack Brochures 2018 now available in print

It includes:

  • a new section on fentanyl,
  • updated statistics,
  • and an expanded section on cannabis.













And check out the Parent Action Pack website here.


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“Weed like to know” New tool about Cannabis

Be one of the first families to try our new educational chat bot, “Weed Like to Know”.  It’s designed to stimulate conversations about cannabis between parents and kids ages 10-14. Learn and explore the issues together with this interactive, fun, digital tool. To access it, direct message us through FB Messenger (@parentactionondrugs) or Twitter (@pad_ontario). Our aim is to keep improving it, so let us know what you think.  Email us at 

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Help shape Canada’s approach to substance use issues!

Health Canada has launched a public consultation on potential next steps in the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS).

The purpose of this consultation is to engage Canadians on new and innovative ideas on how to further strengthen the federal government’s approach to substance use issues through the CDSS. The consultation will last for 90 days, closing on December 4, 2018. To participate you will provide feedback through an on-line questionnaire based on key themes, including:

  • Taking action on the root causes and risk factors of problematic substance use
  • Reducing stigma towards people who use drugs
  • Improving access to comprehensive, evidence-based treatment services
  • Applying a public health lens to regulation and enforcement activities

Here is the link to participate:


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PAD’s 2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice of
2018 Annual General Meeting of Parent Action on Drugs

Monday, September 17, 2018
6:30 p.m.

North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #1
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5V7

Featuring a presentation by Massively on the development of a chatbot for parents and youth to engage in discussions on cannabis.

Contact the Parent Action on Drugs office if you would like to attend.  416 395-4970 or

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Thanks to those that donated to PAD for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

PAD received a total of 525 entries into the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

this year.  Thank you to our donors for the chances to win. 

It’s too late for this year for the contest, but not too late to donate

and help PAD continue their programs and services. 

Click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. 



Start your summer right. Help us win $10,000.



Please Help our Charity Win $10,000

Every $1 you donate to our charity in June via

counts as a ballot to help us win $10,000 from the GIV3

Foundation. Please donate today – we really appreciate your help!


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For full contest rules and regulations, please read the Official Contest Rules

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Newly revised Parent Action Pack Brochure 2018 now available online

The newly revised Parent Action Pack Brochure is now available electronically in English. 

It includes:

  • a new section on fentanyl,
  • updated statistics,
  • and an expanded section on cannabis.














And check out the Parent Action Pack website here.

Print version and French edition to follow.

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Teaming up with University of Waterloo to educate students about the alcohol and breast cancer connection

Thanks to a grant from Women’s College Hospital’s Women’s Xchange $15K Challenge, PAD and Campus Health Promotion at the University of Waterloo (UW) conducted a focus group study involving UW, Laurier, and Conestoga College students to develop awareness messages about alcohol consumption and lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. This study allowed us to understand what resonates with the audience, female students, 18-22 years of age, and which communication channels they prefer to receive health information.

Why does it matter undergraduate women know about this relationship? There is convincing evidence of a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and female breast cancer, but the level of awareness about this dose-response association is low. Plus, the window of time when breast tissue proliferation is high and potentially more susceptible to carcinogens, like alcohol, is between menarche and first pregnancy and post-secondary students are at an increased risk for high alcohol exposure. Therefore, it is not only important to increase awareness that the more alcohol a woman consumes over her lifetime the higher her risk for breast cancer, but there is also an elevated risk associated with consumption earlier in life.

The findings of the study suggest that educating students about specific health risks not typically associated with alcohol may be an effective strategy to promote contemplating reduced alcohol consumption. To learn more about the study, the messages developed and the next steps for disseminating the awareness ads, please read the summary report and watch our dynamic and informative video. If you are involved in post-secondary health promotion and interested in acquiring and disseminating the awareness tools we produced (posters, GIF for social media), or have questions or feedback, please contact PAD at, or me directly at

Jane McCarthy, MSc, MPH

Manager, Program Development

Parent Action on Drugs

Printable versions of the posters – click on link below and then right click and do a save image as to save it to your computer for printing.

Poster 1 – printable version

Poster 2 – printable version

15K Final Project Report (Summary)


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HC Link Conference: Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone

PAD was a member of HC Link and was lead for this conference.

On November 20 and 21, HC Link’s 2017 conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone brought together 110 people at the BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto to learn and share experiences and ideas about how to work across difference to build more inclusive communities.

The event provided a safe, open space for curiosity, self-reflection, and conversation to:

  • Build understanding of equity, diversity, cultural humility, inclusion, and allyship.
  • Ask questions, reflect and learn in a safe space for open conversation.
  • Learn to work across difference with diverse groups to advance collective efforts.
  • Gain practical strategies to build inclusive communities.
  • Connect and share with conference participants from many sectors and from across Ontario.

The conference program offered an amazing line-up of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, and engaging activities to explore how communities can work with everyone to create communities healthy for everyone. Ophea’s Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) was the conference physical activity partner.

Conference Resources

Linking for Healthy Communities 2017 Conference Highlights

Final 2017 conference program

Presenter bios

Keynote Address from Kim Katrin Milan

Kim Katrin Milan is a dynamic community organizer and advocate of equality and inclusion who helps people build their ability to relate to others – especially to those who, on the surface, may seem quite different than ourselves. Kim’s keynote address deepened our understanding of the concepts of equity, bias, intersectionality, cultural competency, allyship and inclusion.

Opening Keynote Address – Centring the Margins

Video interview with Kim

Workshop Materials

What Successful Partnerships Do: An equity and inclusion lens (HandoutPartner Contribution Matrix)

Reflection and Action on the Impact of Power & Privilege in Health Equity Practice (Slides)

Practicing Equity with Cultural Humility (Slides)

Nation to Nation: Strengthening Relationships with Indigenous Communities (Slides not available – contact

Actionable Knowledge & Helpful Tools for Engaging Young People from Diverse Backgrounds (SlidesBlog post)

Working With the Priorities of People Living In Poverty (Blog post)

Facilitating Community Conversations on Inclusion (Slides)

Reflecting on Equity and Inclusion in Leadership (SlidesWorkshop materialsBlog post to come)

Vers le développement de partenariats dynamiques, effectifs et durables (SlidesHandout)

Les 5 disciplines de la gouvernance synergique (Slides not available – contact

Franco Pavilion

The French Pavilion at the conference helped connect participants to French speakers and service providers through mini-presentations and an open marketplace.

Patient Priority: An overview (English Slides)

How to engage with francophone communities (English Slides)

Socio-demographic changes within the Francophone community of Ontario (French Slides)



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PAD’s Annual Report 2016 2017

Parent Action on Drugs annual report for 2016 2017 is now available.

Annual Report 2016 2017

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New Opioid Education Resources for Parents/Caregivers, Educators and Students

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.

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