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Addressing Substance Misuse at the Time of the Transition From Secondary to Post-Secondary Education

Dr. Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE/University of Toronto
Dr. Joanna Henderson, Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Brian Earl, Student leader, Caring Campus Project, Queen’s University

We know that substance use is already high among high school students, but it increases at university. It also seems that between male and female patterns of substance use become more pronounced during this transition. This panel and audience dialogue will tackle these issues considering the following questions: Should health promotion related to substance misuse be developed specifically for this transition period and if so, what should be the key elements? What initiatives currently exist to address this transition period and what evidence do we have for their effectiveness? How can students be engaged to take a lead in these health promotion initiatives? What are the barriers/challenges and how can we reduce these?