School staff receive harm reduction and cognitive behavioral training to eliminate driving high


Through a partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Lakehead Public Schools teachers, Police Officers and Public Health Nurses will be Weeding Out the Risk on Thursday, February 8. Staff will be trained to provide Weeding Out the Risk, a harm reduction and cognitive behavioural therapy based program, which introduces young people to the risks associated with using marijuana and driving. 

« With the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada, it is imperative that our schools have the appropriate resources to educate and inform students about the risks involved with marijuana use and driving, » says Jeremy Noel, Pathways Coordinator, Lakehead Public Schools. 

« Research has found that cannabis use has become a « normalized » behavior among many youth with 41% indicating they have no concerns about smoking and driving. Weed Out the Risk (WOTR) seeks to challenge those misconceptions. Since 2014, the WOTR message has been delivered to over 10,000 high school aged youth participants in a variety of educational and community based settings in Ontario. Endorsed by professional educators, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), MADD Canada and community leaders, WOTR is a web-based learning tool which informs participants about the risks of marijuana use and driving through an interactive series of educational games, activities and videos. »