Alcohol & Drug Assessment

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Many teens will experiment with drugs for many reasons. It is important to note that this is not a reflection of you or your parenting. Taking steps to ensure your child’s safety is important. Stay informed about drugs, and talk to your teen – open communication can make a big difference in preventing drug use 


  • Start early and answer the questions about drugs before they are asked.
  • Take every opportunity to talk about drug use. • Plan what you want to say – avoid “winging it”.
  • Respect your teen and listen to their opinion. Youth are more likely to listen and trust your opinion when their opinions are heard.
  • Focus on the FACTS, not your emotions.
  • Do not be judgmental.
  • Allow them to be independent and make their own decisions, but equip them with the information and the tools that they need
  • Emphasize that you are concerned for their well-being. 

Safe Medication Storage

Did you know that in 2016, 1 in 10 students in Ontario in grade 7-12 reported using a prescription opioid that was not prescribed to them? 55% of this group reported obtaining the medications from a parent or sibling.


  • Keep all medications in a locked and secure location.
  • When you are finished a prescription, do not keep the medication “just in case you might need it again” – return all unused medication to your local pharmacy.
  • Check your medication regularly. Be on the lookout for missing medication.
  • Talk with your teen about the dangers of using medication that isn’t prescribed to you  



Information for Parents (CAMH)
Drug Free Kids Canada



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