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October 13, 2010 11:04 ET

Government of Canada Works with Saskatchewan Communities to Help Prevent Young People from Taking Illicit Drugs

LLOYDMINSTER, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - Minister Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster, announced today $285,000 in Government of Canada funding support under the National Anti-Drug Strategy for two projects that will help prevent Saskatchewan youth from taking illicit drugs. Minister Ritz made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. 

"The Government of Canada is proud to be working with provinces and communities across the country to help prevent illicit drug use among youth," said Minister Aglukkaq. "These two projects will provide communities in Saskatchewan with the tools they need to educate young people about the negative consequences of taking drugs."

The first project called, DAWN (The Drug and Alcohol Awareness Wellness Network): Communities Helping Communities, is increasing awareness in rural communities about the dangers of illicit drug use. The West Central Crisis Family Support Centre, in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Wellness Network, is developing resource materials for youth and parents in consultation with minor sports organizations in the region. In addition to this, the Centre is also organizing capacity building workshops in nine communities. The West Central Crisis Family Support Centre will receive $119,000 in financial support for this important project.

The Lloydminster Drug Strategy's Be Aware, Care, Act Now project is mobilizing the community to increase awareness of the negative consequences of illicit drug use. Under the guidance of a community outreach worker, youth will be involved in the development and implementation of a student advisory committee, a media campaign, and presentations. Resource materials for youth and parents will be created for this project as well as community workshops. Government of Canada funding support for this project is $166,000.

"Raising awareness about substance abuse will help better equip youth to make informed decisions about their futures and their health," said Minister Ritz. "I look forward to seeing the benefits of these two projects in the months and years ahead."

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.

"We are excited about the announcement," said Brent Ramsay, Executive Director of the West Central Crisis and Family Support Centre. "This permits capacity building and the development of resource materials for youth and parents in nine separate rural communities via our regional drug awareness network (DAWN)."

"We would like to thank Health Canada for providing funds for this initiative. We believe that the focus on awareness and community engagement will enhance Lloydminster's fight against substance abuse," said Kevin Kusch, Chair of the Lloydminster Drug Strategy. "We are anxious to move forward with our project and see the positive results within the city of Lloydminster."

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. 

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