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April 18, 2007 13:21 ET

Media Advisory/CBSA: Racing Against Drugs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - The Racing Against Drugs organizing committee invites you to attend a drug, alcohol and tobacco awareness event targeting Grade 6 students from schools across Eastern Ontario.

The week-long car racing-themed event provides students with a number of hands-on interactive teaching sessions. Students will move through 10 presentations lasting eight minutes each and learn about the health and social impacts of being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the consequences of being arrested, drug detection, as well as some educational modules on eating right, physical fitness and motivational sessions to inspire them to make appropriate leisure and social activity choices.

This year's event will be presented to over 1,700 children from 31 schools through the work of 10 law enforcement, educational and social service agencies and the generous support of over 30 corporate sponsors.

List and dates of schools attending is attached.



Date: May 1, 2007
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location: L'Academie de La Seigneurie
Elementary School
731 Des Pompiers Street
Casselman, Ontario


Directions from Ottawa: Take 417 east to Casselman exit 66. Take Principale north to Lafleche Blvd., turn left. Turn left on Andre and left again on Des Erables to find the school.

Description of the Pit Stops

The complete race circuit includes 10 pit stops:

ALCOHOL BEHIND THE WHEEL IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE (HAWKESBURY POLICE FORCE EXPLORERS)

Despite all the awareness, some people still get behind the wheel when impaired. Alcohol being a socially accepted drug, it is one that is used by young teenagers and this pit stops discusses alcohol use and abuse.

"DESIGNER" DRUGS (EMERGENCY SERVICES)

Information from Prescott & Russell Emergency Service Officers about the risks and serious consequences of "designer" drug use, which are all the rage with young people.

DRUG ABUSE - A BAD EXPERIMENT! (OPP)

Ontario Provincial Police Officers will talk to students about the legal consequences of getting caught with an illegal drug.

WE'LL FIND IT! (CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY)

This interactive pit stop allows students to use some of the tools used by Border Services Officers to detect smuggled drugs in their role of protecting the border.

NUTRITION PIT STOP (ST-ALBERT CHEESE DAIRY)

Students will be able to "fill the tank" with energy with a light snack and learn the importance of eating right and how good nutrition can maximize their development and their physical growth.

TOBACCO PIT STOP (EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT)

Through experiments, Health Unit Officers demonstrate the effects of a chemical found in cigarettes and the impact that consuming tobacco has on your health.

RADIO-CONTROLLED SLOT CAR TRACK (RCMP)

Using the sport of motor racing, RCMP Officers give students a chance to try out remote-controlled slot cars on a large oval track. This pit shop shows young people that they can experience the adrenaline rush of racing and other activities and have fun without using drugs.

YOUR NETWORK (PRESCOTT-RUSSELL ADULT'S AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES)

A pit stop, which helps young people identify various support networks, while supporting the knowledge of being safe and healthy and responsible for their actions.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES (ESTRIE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER)

Physical activities aimed at improving health.

INTERNET 101 - PRESCOTT-RUSSELL ADULT'S AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES)

A workshop to sensitize youngsters to the dangers of internet use.

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