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November 12, 2010 16:19 ET

Government of Canada Works With Edmonton to Help Prevent Youth From Taking Illicit Drugs

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, announced today $270,000 in Government of Canada funding under the National Anti-Drug Strategy for a project that helps prevent Alberta's youth from taking illicit drugs. Mr. Goldring made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. 

"Our government is proud to be working with provinces and communities across the country to help prevent illicit drug use among youth," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This project will provide the City of Edmonton with the additional tools it needs to educate young people about the negative consequences of taking drugs."

An Integrated Community Approach to Addictions in Edmonton engages youth up to 24 years old in creative, technologically savvy and innovative ways. Through this project, youth will develop film projects about illicit drug use prevention and help to sponsor health-related recreational events. The City of Edmonton will receive federal financial support for this project which runs until 2011. Partners of this project include: REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, City of Edmonton, Alberta Health Services – Addiction & Mental Health Unit, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Urban Games, Edmonton Youth Justice Committees, Edmonton National Addictions Awareness Week Planning Committee, Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations, Streetworks, YOUCAN, and volunteers from the community.

"Raising awareness about substance abuse will help equip youth to make informed decisions about their futures," said Mr. Goldring. "I look forward to seeing the results of An Integrated Community Approach to Addictions in Edmonton in the months and years ahead."

Initiatives such as this one are another step in implementing the Government of Canada's National Anti-Drug Strategy, which was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in October 2007.

"Thanks to this funding from Health Canada, our city's youth will learn first-hand the power of positivity and they will be encouraged to lead healthier lifestyles," said Fred Rayner, REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities Chair. "The ultimate goal is to help increase our young people's skills and knowledge to resist substance abuse. The project is designed to bring the community together for support, while engaging and informing families."

The federal Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund provides financial support for health promotion and prevention projects at the national, provincial and local levels. It addresses a wide range of illicit drug use issues, especially among vulnerable populations such as youth.

Please visit the National Anti-Drug Strategy website for more information at

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