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What Parents Need to Know About Substance Use

Adolescence is a time of exploration for youth. One of the many "adult" behaviours that may be adopted by young people is substance use. Generally, youth use substances to express their independence and this should not automatically be construed as "substance abuse". The majority of adolescents who use substances do not progress to problematic use or dependency.

This resource page was created to provide parents with information around the prevention of substance use and dealing with a substance use problem.


What Types of Substances are Young People Using?

Every two years the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health conducts the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). The survey is conducted among Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12. Typically, over 6,000 students in over 120 elementary and secondary schools are surveyed across the province.




Talking to My Son or Daughter About Alcohol and Drugs




Help. I Think My Child Has a Substance Use Problem




Teacher Resources



Youth Substance Use Counselling - Local Resources

    Help Link Central Access Services for Children, Youth, and Families
    2109 Ottawa St, Rm 440
    Windsor, Ontario
    ph: (519) 252-2313
    http://windsoressex.cioc.ca

    Teen Health Centre
    1585 Ouellette Avenue
    Windsor, Ontario
    ph: (519) 253-8481
    http://www.wechc.org/teenhealth_home