Youth Substance Use

Discussing substance use with your children can be challenging. The complexities of adolescence, peer pressure, societal influences and mental health creates a daunting landscape to navigate. Stigma surrounding substance use can also make it difficult for parents and youth to seek support and resources, or discuss concerns openly. Fostering open communication, providing a supportive environment, and utilizing available resources can help parents and caregivers address the topic of substances and substance use with their children.


Below is a list of resources and services for youth and parents.


  • Here 24/7: Call 1-844-437-3247 (Here-247)
  • Kids Help Phone:1-800-668-6868
  • Talking with Teenagers about Drugs is a Government of Canada webpage that includes tips for talking with teens about drugs, information about cannabis, prescription drugs and other substances, and links to additional resources. 
  • Create a compassionate environment is a Drug Free Kids Canada resource that provides information about how to talk to youth about substances. It also provides information about various substances.  



Opioids and other drugs



Parent Information Sessions

Cannabis and Other Drugs Parent Information Session

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, will share valuable insights about the impacts and harms of cannabis and other drugs on youth. Dr. Tenenbaum answers questions and discusses strategies parents and caregivers can use to help navigate substance use with youth.

Originally recorded live on May 15, 2024


Youth Vaping Parent Information Session

Watch a recording of our Youth Vaping Parent Information Session with WDG Public Health’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum. Dr. Tenenbaum discusses the health impacts of youth vaping and offers practical tips on how to talk to your kids about it.

Originally recorded live on January 23, 2024.