Drug Use and Harm Reduction | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Drug Use and Harm Reduction

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and substance misuse education in the school and classroom setting is essential to assist students in gaining and developing the necessary skills and knowledge to make healthier choices. Classroom teachers have a unique opportunity to positively influence the lifestyle choices of their students through role modeling, knowledge and teaching. Alcohol and substance misuse education in the classroom is best achieved by:

  • Engaging students in exploring real-world situations and issues related to alcohol and substance use.
  • Establishing a learning environment that includes positive role models.
  • Connecting with community partners with topic expertise, to support curriculum linked learning in the classroom.
  • Providing opportunities for students to practice making reasoned decisions.
  • Engaging students in learning through problem-solving.
  • Assisting students in making cross curricular connections between personal choices related to substance use or misuse and potential outcomes. 

Alcohol and Substance Misuse- Useful Information

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

MADD Canada

Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey 

Curriculum Support

OPHEA’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum Resources

iMinds, Centre for Addiction Research, BC

Parent Action on Drugs: Peer Education and Youth Engagement Programs

Home - School Connections

You, Your Teen and Substance Use


Illicit Fentanyl in Our Community

The presence of illicit (non-prescription) fentanyl and other illicit drugs containing fentanyl have been identified within Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and surrounding regions.  Fentanyl can be fatal even in small amounts.  

Curiosity and risk taking are a normal part of the teen and young adult years.  The teenage brain continues to develop throughout the early part of adulthood – especially the areas in charge of impulse control.  A student may find themselves in a risky situation where alcohol and drugs may be available. 

Talk to students about the risks of drug use and overdose.  Fact sheets are available to help lead classroom discussions, to share with parents, and for students themselves.

Help reduce the risk of overdose – educate students about the drug; the signs of an overdose; and what to do if someone is in trouble.   Get a Lifesaver kit.