Drug Awareness

The school district is actively working with Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Services to raise awareness about drug use in our community.  We all need to be concerned about the recent rapid increase in opioid use in Ottawa. 

Parents are a child’s best defense against drug use.  The top two things that a parent or guardian can do is to be informed about drug issues and talk to your kids about drugs. Make sure that you secure prescription medications in your home - two-thirds of Ottawa students who used prescription drugs got the drug from someone they live with.

For more information, including  tips for talking to your kids about drugs, information on opioids including  fentanyl, how to spot an overdose,  what to do in an overdose,  and where to get naloxone go to Youth and Opioids: What Parents Need to Know on Ottawa Public Health’s Parenting in Ottawa website. 

Know the facts:

  • Canada has the second-highest level of prescription opioid use globally.

  •  Prescription opioids are misused more than most illegal drugs in Ottawa

  • Opioids were responsible for 45% of drug overdose deaths between 2009 and 2011

  • Fentanyl was the leading cause of death due to unintentional opioid overdose death in Ottawa

  • Lock up your prescription drugs at home and check regularly for missing medications

  • 13% of Ottawa high school students used prescription drugs and two-thirds of students got the drug from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with

  • Return unused or expired medications to your pharmacy or to a pharmacy participating in the Ontario Medication Return Program.

  •  A searchable link of pharmacies is available at 

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