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Lambton Students Racing Against Drugs

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:34 PM

Point Edward, ON – More than 1,000 Grade 5 students from 26 Lambton County schools will take part in the annual Racing Against Drugs (RAD) drug awareness initiative November 4-6 at River City Vineyard.

The objective of the event, sponsored by the Lambton Drug Awareness Action Committee in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Lambton Public Health, is to utilize the sport of auto racing to generate awareness about substance misuse and to communicate healthy lifestyle choices.

"Auto racing is an exciting sport with no tolerance for substance abuse," said Lisa Clark, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health. "Various pit stops conducted by community groups encourage students to participate with peers in a fun, competitive and engaging setting to convey their message."

Topics include:

  • Short and long-term effects of alcohol use and abuse
  • Applying decision-making skills to make healthy choices
  • Resistance techniques, like walking away, or ways to say "No!"
  • Dangers of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs
  • Internet safety and bullying
  • Safe biking

"It's important we delay or prevent the onset of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth in order to protect their health and well-being," added Clark. "The reality is, kids will be exposed to various drugs and risky situations at various stages of their life, and they need proper knowledge and skills to make healthy, informed decisions. This is one step toward giving them the tools to make good decisions."

For more information about substance misuse, or about Racing Against Drugs, call 519-383-8331, toll free 1-800-667-1839, or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:

Lisa Clark
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519-344-2062
ext. 2129 email: lisa.clark@county-lambton.on.ca
Terry Easterby
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519-383-8331 ext, 3537
email: terry.easterby@county-lambton.on.ca