Pediatricians call youth overdoses a public health emergency. What will end it? – GLOBAL

September 3, 2023

Most parents assume substance addiction and overdoseing isn’t an immediate threat to their children, says Drug Free Kids Canada (DFKC) executive director Chantal Vallerand, but studies pointing to a growing crisis say otherwise.

As students prepare to go back to school — where peer influence is highly prevalent — prevention organizations are urging parents, caregivers and schools to take action against the rising risk of substance abuse to youth.

“Parents don’t think their kids are at risk. It’s always somebody else’s kid. But it’s more important than ever to take preventative measures,” Vallerand told Global News.

A report by the 2022 Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP) surveying 1,000 pediatricians has called drug overdoses among children and teens a public health emergency.

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