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CODA launches youth drug prevention in Iqaluit

Iqaluit, NU – September 29, 2011 The Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) is visiting Iqaluit on October 6, 2011 to launch their new interactive training program focusing on youth engagement strategies. It will be held at the Frobisher Inn from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Local health promotion intermediaries are participating in the full day of education and activities filled with constructive dialogue and learning while discussing the very important issues of youth engagement and drug prevention.The workshop is being offered at no cost to participants and is sponsored through grants from the Health Canada Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund, and a title grant from PharmaScience, which is one of two Canadian-owned generic pharmaceutical companies in Canada and is the third largest pharmaceutical firm in Canada in terms of the number of prescriptions.

This is the first visit of many to Nunavut by CODA who will be working with local addiction experts in 6 Nunavut school communities to prevent drug misuse/abuse through prevention education.

About CODA

The Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) is a Canadian charity incorporated in 1969 whose mission is to prevent substance abuse through education impacting children and youth.

Working primarily with students in grades 7, 8 and 9, CODA delivers comprehensive, three-phase, preventive drug education programs in schools:

Phase 1: Drugs And My World – heightens awareness of drugs; how they interact with youth’s world

Phase 2: Drugs And Me – drug-specific education about the interplay between drugs, the brain, and the body.

Phase 3: Drugs And My Strength – focused on skills-building, increases protective factors of youth, building their capacity to make right choice.

Each year, CODA touches the lives of thousands of students, teachers and parents in Canada. Case studies and testimonials bear this out. CODA receives financial support from government, foundations, corporations and individuals.

KEELEY DELLER, Marketing/Communications Coordinator
Council on Drug Abuse
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite #400, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7
T 416 763 1491 ext. 1 | F 416 644 0116 | BB/C 289 314 0359

keeley[at]drugabuse.ca| www.drugabuse.ca| www.codaeducation.ca| www.yacers.ca

The Mission of the Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) is to prevent and reduce substance abuse through education impacting children and youth.