From November 13-15, during National Drug Awareness Week, hundreds of Grade 5 students in Lambton County will take part in a race that promotes awareness of substance misuse prevention and encourages healthy lifestyle alternatives.
Racing Against Drugs was developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to deliver a message of healthy, drug-free choices through auto racing – an exciting, high-profile sport that does not tolerate substance misuse. The event is held in partnership with Lambton Drug Awareness Action Committee, and the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department.
"The leap to digital technology was made and, in fact, Sarnia-Lambton students were the first in Ontario to use the format," said Terry Easterby, Health Promoter with Community Health Services. "The message – healthy, drug-free living – is extremely important, so it is essential that we deliver it in a culturally relevant way to youth to ensure it is heard."
In addition to virtual racing, community groups will man “pit stops” to promote topics including guns and gangs, dealing with short and long-term effects of alcohol misuse, decision-making skills, how to deal with peer pressure, resistance techniques such as walking away, dangers of tobacco, internet safety and bullying.
Twenty five schools from across Lambton will attend the event at River City Vineyard during National Drug Awareness Week – November 12-17. The event is not open to the public.
For information on substance misuse prevention, contact Community Health Services at 519 383-8331, ext. 3537 or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.