Are you clear on cannabis?

One year after legalization, Jean-Marie Lapointe invites parents and teachers to talk about cannabis and prevention among young people.

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Are you clear on cannabis?

Cannabis has been legal since October 17, 2018. One year later and this is also the case for edibles and other cannabis-based derivatives. This can complicate matters, especially when you are trying to have an articulate discussion!

Jean-Marie brought parents and teachers together to talk about cannabis. See if you can relate to their certainty (and uncertainty) when it comes to discussing the issue ...

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Legalization, one year later: a few facts

3 out of 4 parents are concerned about the legalization of certain edible cannabis products.

91% of parents believe their children are unlikely to consume or use cannabis. However, data* shows that adolescents and young adults (15-24 years old) represent the groups that contain the largest proportion of cannabis users.

Parents know more and more about where to find tools to help them discuss the subject, yet 33% of them would not know how to react if they learned their teenager was using cannabis.

87% of teens consider their parents to be a credible source of information about drugs. (Source: Government of Canada, 2008).

* Data from the Quebec Population Health Survey

Are your facts up to date? Do you have all the information on the effects of cannabis? As parents, do you agree about the values to convey and are you equipped to foster dialogue with your children? The Fondation Jean Lapointe and the Maison Jean Lapointe are offer tools to help you.

Enrich your knowledge, harmonize your values and learn tips for fostering a dialogue through Apt Parents, a virtual workshop focused on best parenting practices for teen substance abuse prevention.

The Maison Jean Lapointe mission

When it comes to cannabis, the best feeling is knowing you are empowered and confident.

This is exactly what we are trying to communicate to youths, parents and teachers through our workshops and awareness tools.

One of the objectives of this awareness workshop is to prevent early initiation by delaying first-time use. To achieve this goal, facilitators seek to harmonize the messages young people receive from the media, as well as those around them, about alcohol and other drugs. The workshop also attempts to deconstruct the key at-risk beliefs that teens hold, and teach them personal avoidance strategies.

This is the follow up to the My Independence Matters to Me workshop. It is aimed at Secondary 2 to Secondary 5 students. Apt Teens accompanies young people, whether they are non-consumers, occasional users or regular consumers of drugs and alcohol. The goal is to reduce the risks associated with consumption. The activities target the development of several key competencies of young people and thus reinforce their critical judgment and their sense of personal efficiency.

While consistent alcohol and drug messages are essential to the integration of informed behaviours, a school-based addiction prevention strategy cannot be achieved without the input of teachers—they are one of the principal groups who interact with youths on a regular basis. In order for teachers to successfully contribute to prevention efforts in their schools, they need to have the right tools. Apt Teachers has everything for them! Beginning in Secondary I, it is important to discuss the risk factors associated with the use of psychoactive substances. These conversations can help prevent the consequences that arise from the consumption of psychotropic drugs; consequences that can negatively impact the health and future of young people.

Maintaining a positive relationship and open communication between a parent and their teenager is essential when it comes to addressing the topics of alcohol and other drugs. Achieving this goal can sometimes take a little practice. Apt Parents is a 60-minute, e-learning workshop that continues the prevention work performed at school and moves it into the home environment. Through four interactive capsules, participants follow the path of a typical family and try to solve the dilemmas that can arise when talking about consumption with teens.


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Prevention works!

The Maison Jean Lapointe is a true leader when it comes to fighting against drug addiction in Quebec. Every year, 80,000 teenagers receive free prevention workshops about the risks of alcohol, cannabis and other drug use in more than 425 secondary schools in 17 regions across Quebec. Between 2010 and 2017, there was a decrease from 25% to 18% in sporadic cannabis use (defined as at least once a year) among adolescents aged 12 and over.

$20 will allow Pierre-Luc and Aurélie, from Polyvalente Robert-Ouimet in Acton Vale, to receive an addiction prevention workshop free of charge.

With $250, Béatrice’s entire secondary 2 class at Monique-Proulx School in Warwick, will be able to benefit from our workshops on preventing the risks to alcohol and other drugs consumption!

And, for a $3,330 donation, 330 students from Charles-Gravel High School in Saguenay will be equipped to make informed decisions about the use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs, free of charge!

Source: Institute of Québec Statistics. Enquête québécoise sur la santé des jeunes du secondaire 2016-2017. Results from the second edition.