In 2013 Halton Regional Police Services launched BRAVO– a locally developed substance use prevention program that replaced D.A.R.E and is being delivered in elementary schools across Halton region. We have unique education and treatment programs being offered through agencies like ADAPT, and we have innovative harm reduction and youth empowerment programs like the POSSE Project. Despite all these great strides we know there are many youth in our region still struggling with substance use issues.

Marijuana and Alcohol are the two most commonly used substances among youth both locally and more broadly.What many people fail to realize is that according to the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, non-prescriptions opiates such as Demerol, Percocet and Tylenol with Codeine are being used at alarming rates, and that the majority of youth indicate getting these pills from home.

You will find some youth specific information on these substances, as well as others in the Substances section of our website. You will also find youth specific information around Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment. You will also find youth specific treatment information in the Youth Treatment section of our Find Help section of our website.

If you are interested in more information regarding youth and substance use locally, provincially and nationally check the resource listing below.



According to a 2013 survey completed by Halton youth through Peer Outreach Support Services & Education (POSSE) “The average age at which participants reported they first used drugs was 13 years old.”

View the Report (PDF)


camh-logo_sqThe Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) is a population survey of Ontario students in grades 7 through 12. This survey is important because it provides current and reliable information about the health risk behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of Ontario adolescents, and tracks changes over time. 

 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey

CAMH’s latest Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey shows drinking rates among youth are declining however a concerning number of students are using prescription opioid pain medication, stimulant drugs, and over-the-counter cough syrup to get high.