Alarming facts and figures about the drug use by children in Canada

Alarming facts and figures about the drug use by our children in Canada have become available and are a great cause for concern. Recently, the journal, Canadian Employment Law Today, announced the legalization of Cannabis in Canada. Canada is already among the highest users worldwide. At $8.00/gram the market in Canada recently showed up as $5.6 billion. In 2017 about 4.9 million users in Canada were only 24 years and older. Cannabis is addictive but different from as alcohol as the use is said to be much subtler and long lasting. Only 11 days ago a grade 10 (Belmont secondary school) students, died of a drug overdose and so the statistics go on….

Talking to teenagers about drugs

Very recently Canadian Health services issued points about how to talk to teenagers about drug use. There are several ways to do this as most children are not happy to discuss drugs. Some ways to have a meaningful talk to school children were:

  • Firstly, create a plan of how you are going to introduce the topic of substance use, possibly among friends that you know.
  • Do not rush into to asking awkward questions
  • Respect what a proffered opinion and don’t be judgmental as this closes the conversation
  • Listen, be a good listener and introduce that one is worried about the use of drugs.
  • Focus on some fact and figures that are common knowledge

In this way, one can offer help to institutions by advising them what the children have to say about the subject. It helps them understand. Mind altering drugs are the worst such as opioids, stimulants, benzodiazepines Alcohol and Cannabis are the third most used drugs among Canadian youths. Prescription drugs are deemed safer as firstly, they are prescribed by a doctor, they are at home very often in a non-controlled environment. Secondly, these ‘safer’ drugs used correctly can be of some help when needed but it is easy to overdose and become addicted to them.

Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs (CTADS) survey

This 2015 survey (with March 2017 updates) shows that, during interviews with over 15,000 respondents representing 29.7 million Canadian, school going age children, 15 years and older used drugs. Details and categories of drugs used are available at

Suggested ways to control prescription drugs

Parents must account for prescription drugs given to children, as these drugs account for every one in eight teenager’s drug usage. The current usage of pain killers, stimulants and sedatives etc. that all resulted in ‘a getting high’ state, was huge. It must be remembered that pharmaceutical products are given to children who may also have access to the use of illicit drugs, is on the increase.

Reasons for Drug abuse among Children

Teens often experiment with different drugs, a similar situation to having a first cigarette. They enjoy the taste and feeling they get and before they can think to control it they are hooked. They still do not realize this.

Canadian Addiction center has facts and figures and show health problems associated with drugs. Some of these are: Anxiety, memory loss, panic attacks psychosis and liver damage and they are ready to assist with anyone who may have an addiction problem.   

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