Alcohol & Substance Misuse | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Alcohol & Substance Misuse

Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

If you choose to drink alcohol, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recommends that you follow Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines to reduce your short and long term alcohol related risks.

Watch a short video that explains Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

Strategies for Parents to Prevent Underage Drinking

Parents are a key influence in the lives of their teenagers, including their choices about alcohol use. For guidance in helping delay or prevent underage drinking by teens in grades 7-12, watch and follow the 6 parenting strategies outlined in this Strategies for Parents to Prevent Underage Drinking video.

Resources for Parents:

Strategies for Parents to Prevent Underage Drinking - Quick Read Booklet.  This quick read booklet is about the 6 parenting strategies to help guide parents and care providers in delaying alcohol misuse by their teens.

Strategies for Parents to Prevent Underage Drinking - Tip Sheets Booklet.  This is a detailed evidence based resource for parents and care providers of youth, to guide them through the 6 parenting strategies to delay alcohol use by youth.

Parent Action on Drugs - Parent Action Pack. This contains stats, facts and talking points for parents or care providers about alcohol and other drugs.

Resources:

Check Your Drinking.  An anonymous survey, designed to help you, your loved ones or your health care provider answer questions about your drinking.

Saying When App.  A free app for mobile devices that helps you take charge of how much or when you drink.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Prescription Medication

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recommends that you always take prescription medications according to the directions provided by your health care provider and for the reasons the medications were intended.

We also recommend that you keep all medications in a safe, secure location out of the reach of children, and that you discard any unused or outdated medications by returning them to your pharmacist for proper disposal.

Other Substances

There is a variety of common and illegal drugs that are used in Canada. For more information about the types, uses, effects, and mental and physical health risks associated with these drugs, click here.

Where to Get Help - Treatment and Crisis Lines

For information about substance misuse and addiction, please refer to the resources below.

  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline – 1-800-565-8603 (confidential, free, anonymous, live answer, 24/7)
  • Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 (24-hour crisis and information line)
  • Openline Openmind – 613-310-6736 (confidential, free, private, for adults 16+, open 24/7) (for those living in Hastings and Prince Edward counties)

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