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October 07, 2010 11:15 ET

Government of Canada Works With Northwest Territories and its Communities to Help Prevent Young People From Taking Drugs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced today over $1.7 million in Government of Canada funding support for three projects in the Northwest Territories, under the National Anti-Drug Strategy; the first project focuses on drug treatment services and the other two on drug prevention aimed at youth.

"Our government remains committed to working with the Northwest Territories and its communities to help prevent illicit drug use and improve the quality of drug treatment services," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Today's investment is aimed at ensuring our partners are equipped with the tools they need to educate young people about the negative consequences of taking drugs and helping to provide early intervention treatment solutions for youth."

For the treatment project, the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services will enhance the ability of community services to deliver appropriate assessment, screening, referral and residential treatment services to at-risk youth living in the Northwest Territories in a comprehensive and integrated way. The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1.4 million in funding over four years.

"We are grateful for the continued investment in drug strategies by the Government of Canada. By working with partners both federally and locally we can put forth a greater effort in battling drug dealers and provide support for those addicted," said Sandy Lee, Honourable Minister of Health and Social Services.

The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority will receive funding for a project entitled, A Community Response to Substance Abuse which aims to deliver substance abuse education to youth in schools and in other community settings through youth leaders and peer support. Youth outreach workers will be utilized to reach at risk youth who are currently using illicit drugs. Activities include Wellness workshops, and training targeting youth, parents and those who work with youth in conjunction with multiple community partners. Total funding for this project is $166,671 over two years.

In Hay River, the South Slave Divisional Education Council will receive funding for the Hay River Interagency Substance Abuse Initiative to provide youth with: workshops on various drug abuse topics; a community awareness campaign; and the creation of a community action plan to deal with drug use in conjunction with multiple community partners. Total funding for this project is $196,000 over two years.

Initiatives such as these 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.

Please visit the National Anti-Drug Strategy website ( www.nationalantidrugstrategy.gc.ca ) for more information.

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