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Building on Our Strengths: Canadian Standards for School-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance use among teens directly interferes with the mission of schools and may affect academic performance in a number of ways:

1) A student who is intoxicated or hungover during the school day learns less; an ongoing pattern will interfere with academic performance.

2) Young people have not reached full maturity physically,

psychologically or socially; substance use may affect brain development and interrupt crucial developmental processes.

3) Student substance use is often associated with other social or emotional difficulties and disruptive behaviours that affect the social and academic environment for others.

Effective prevention does not need to mean working more—it means refocusing resources to what has been shown to work. Building on Our Strengths: Canadian Standards for School-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention advocates a comprehensive school health approach—one that pays attention to the school’s environment, teaching and learning, healthy school policy, partnerships and services. This approach integrates prevention into the school’s core mission and links to community initiatives that aim to improve the well-being of youth.

The School-based Standards are designed for addictions prevention and public health professionals, as well as school principals and staff, school board administrators, police officers and parents working with school-based substance abuse prevention and health promotion teams

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Karine Diedrich

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