Here are the facts –
47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually.
23% of Ontario students report that they were offered, sold, or given a drug at school in the last year. That’s about 219,000 students.
42% of Ontario students surveyed have used an illicit substance in the last year.
83% of Ontario students in grade 12 drink alcohol. 49% of gr. 12 students admit to binge drinking.
The top four substances used by Ontario students:
1.58% alcohol; Cannabis (marijuana)
- 25%; Non-prescribed use of prescription pain relievers such as codeine, Percocet, Percodan, Demerol,
- Tylenol #3 17%
- Tobacco 11.7%
These are startling numbers and those numbers are growing, to discuss this issue is an undercover narcotics detective and the Director of government relations with Ontario police Chiefs, Joe Coutu.