New cannabis public education projects will support health professionals, education stakeholders and community service providers
OTTAWA,June 13, 2018 /CNW/ - The current approach to cannabis does not work. Canada has some of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, especially among youth and young adults. That's why
Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada is announcing an investment of $223,000 for three organizations — the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Western Ontario, and Health Nexus — to support frontline workers in informing Canadians about cannabis health and safety. These organizations will develop public education tools and resources for public health professionals, education sector stakeholders (such as educators, school counsellors, school and school board administrators), and community service providers.
Evidence-based tools and resources developed through these investments will help inform Canadians who may be at greater risk, such as children and youth, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, about the health effects of cannabis and will help prevent problematic substance use.
The Government of Canada continues to accept proposals from community-based and Indigenous organizations for projects that respond to specific public education and awareness needs related to cannabis.
"The Public Health Agency of Canada will play an important role in Canadians' choices about the use of cannabis. Tools and resources developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Western Ontario, and Health Nexus will further strengthen the capacity of health professionals, educators and service providers to communicate with Canadians on the impacts of cannabis use." The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"The projects announced today demonstrate the Government's public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis. These projects will ensure that public health professionals, education stakeholders and community service providers are well-equipped to provide Canadians with credible and evidence-based information to help them make informed decisions about cannabis."Dr. Theresa TamChief Public Health Officer of Canada
Associated LinksGovernment of Canada cannabis web portalHealth Canada's Substance Use and Addiction ProgramCentre for Addiction and Mental Health University of Western OntarioHealth Nexus
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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