Substance use

October 12, 2018
This factsheet was created by YouthREX.  As of October 17, 2018, it will be legal for adults in Canada to use cannabis (pot, weed, marijuana) for non-medicinal or recreational purposes. A strength of Canada’s updated approach will be the inclusion of substance use harm reduction approaches, which give youth the tools they need to make knowledgeable choices about their health and help them in reducing risks and harms linked to cannabis use. Studies carried out in the last few years show that youth are not always clear on how cannabis use may lead to increased risk and harms, especially harms...
October 12, 2018
This infographic was created by the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) as part of their #MyCannabisIQ initiative. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC:This postcard was created to help youth make informed decisions about cannabis use.  Know the drug. Know yourself. Know the risks.     
October 12, 2018
This infographic was created by CAMH's Youth Engagement Initiative and the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC: Cannabis is one of the most frequently used substances among young people. In fact, cannabis use is higher in this population than any other age group. This is why a youth version of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) was developed for youth, by youth. This youth education resource provides information on safer ways to use cannabis using evidence-based recommendations. It may be also be a useful...
December 12, 2017
This factsheet was created by YouthREX.  This factsheet depicts how youth workers can engage with the Stages of Change Framework. The Stages of Change is part of a broader framework called the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of Behavioral Change - an adaptable, evidence-based model developed by Dr. James O. Prochaska, Carlo Di Clemente, and colleagues, beginning in the late 1970s. Although developed to address addictions, the Stages of Change can be used to support other change efforts. The TTM model identifies six Stages of Change that map out a process of engaging in changing a negative...
November 20, 2017
This tool was published by YouthREX. HERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THIS TOOL: This tool was visualized from the YouthREX webinar on Youth and Substance Use: Engaging and Supporting Through Reflective Practice, as presented by the ReDesign Group. The tool depicts a model in which five types of people provide support and motivation for youth to achieve their goals.  
November 13, 2017
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: How can we apply reflective practice to our work with youth who are challenged by substance use? How can a person-centred, strengths-based, and harm reduction approach support purposeful interventions that lead to healing and recovery?  Presented by The ReDesign Group, this reflective practice webinar provided a framework for participants to generate and foster advancements in emerging best practices. The value of research into risk and protective factors for youth substance use and the need for improved...
June 01, 2017
  PIECES TO PATHWAYS (P2P) is a peer-led initiative creating Canada’s first substance use support program for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth ages 16 to 29 years old in Toronto. P2P is focusing its work in two areas: first, providing abstinent and harmreduction alcohol and drug use support services for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth which includes coordinating three community drop-in spaces, providing case management services and facilitating groups. Second, P2P is working with addiction and substance use service providers to determine their LGBTQ accessibility by engaging in a LGBTQ assessments and capacity building...
May 18, 2017
This research summary was produced by Child Trends. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS RESEARCH SUMMARY:This research summary synthesizes findings from 53 random assignment experimental intent-to-treat evaluations of social interventions that specifically targeted African American children and adolescents, or intervention programs in which African Americans made up a substantial proportion of program participants and separate data about impacts for African American children and adolescents are available. They found: Programs that foster partnerships between the community and schools tend to...
January 19, 2017
This report was published by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: Youth in Ontario, with substance use, mental health and concurrent disorders access service across multiple sectors. Historically, service delivery models for substance use treatment for youth were developed based on practice models in the adult service sector. However, the needs of youth are different from the needs of adults and effective strategies for offering developmentally-informed care that meets the needs of youth across a variety of sectors are lacking. Accordingly, the...
January 19, 2017
This report was published by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:   The Youth Services System Review (YSSR) is a review of the current continuum of Ontario services addressing substance use that are available to youth (age 12-24). The YSSR project was funded under Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP). The project aims to describe the landscape of service available to youth and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration to enhance services and build a system to better meet the needs of youth. Given the current interest by...