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Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours

Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours is one of the six health topics a school community may identify as their priority health topic for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification.

Based on the Ministry of Education's Foundations for a Healthy School (2014) this topic includes strategies and activities related to:

  • comprehensive tobacco control
  • living skills (e.g. adaptive and coping skills, communication skills)
  • prevention of substance misuse
  • promotion of healthy alternatives to harmful substances and addictive behaviours
  • recognition and prevention of addictive behaviour, including gambling
  • ways of addressing the problem of excessive screen time (e.g. television, computer)

Tobacco Use in Ontario Infographic: tobacco use is one of the five behavioural risk factors for chronic disease identified by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)

High Risk Alcohol Consumption in Ontario Infographic: high risk alcohol consumption is one of the five behavioural risk factors for chronic disease identified by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)

Related Education Policies and Resources:

For sample strategies and activities relating to Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours, see pages 28-30 of the Foundations for a Healthy School resource.

Funding Opportunities:

Related Ophea Resources:

For more resources on this health topic, click here.