Online Resources for Teachers


The following materials are intended to help teachers familiarize themselves with how the law addresses drugs, and to suggest some ways to help their students gain a greater understanding of drugs and their legal implications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2012, Parliament passed Bill C-10, which introduced some changes to laws affecting youth, such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The materials on this site are currently being revised to reflect these legislative changes, and the updated versions will be posted as they are completed. In the meantime, please note that some documents may contain some outdated information. To see a summary of the changes to the YCJA, please refer to this page on the Parliament of Canada website.


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NEW ACTIVITY – Kyle’s Choice: An Interactive Fiction Game About the YCJA


(Intended For: Teachers) This overview is intended to provide a basic working knowledge on the subject of drugs, including definitions, consequences for their use, and the legal aspects and implications.

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This package helps teachers and others to facilitate a discussion of drug use by using a fictional case study of one person’s interaction with smoking. Students research and develop definitions, and discuss ways to assist someone struggling with an addiction. Includes student worksheets and companion…


The following links are to external resources that teachers may find useful for lesson plan source material, student exploration and expansion of personal knowledge on this topic. Please contact us to report any broken links.


  • These external links are provided as a convenience for our visitors. While we try to make sure they are current and accurate, the John Howard Society of Alberta is not responsible for them, or the currency,  accuracy or quality of the information they contain.
  • Any links marked with a strikethrough (like this) have been automatically marked as broken and will be fixed eventually. If you have an updated link for a broken one, please let us know.

Addiction Center – Florida based – online resource with free information on various chemical dependencies and treatment options around the United States. The site’s goal is to help individuals on their journey to recovery.

Based in Florida. Mission statement: “… to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.” The site has a guide for parents, and one for teens.

Alberta Health Services – Community Action on Drug Abuse Prevention
This PDF document “offers information you can use to help prevent the abuse of drugs by youth in your community”.

The Alberta Youth Experience Survey (TAYES)
This survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and gambling activity among Alberta students in grades 7 through 12.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
CCSA “has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms.” The site has research and statistics on a variety of topics.

Health Canada: Healthy Living
This site has extensive information on many health topics, including drugs of abuse and addiction.

Youth Zone – Tobacco
Information and resources for youth, including Quit 4 Life, a youth-oriented smoking cessation program. Part of Health Canada’s National Anti-Drug Strategy site.

Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission

The Odd Squad
“In 1997, seven police officers created Odd Squad Productions, making a choice to share with the public the story of their experiences ‘on the beat’.  They wanted to educate young people on the realities of drug abuse.” The site has information on the Odd Squad’s past and current productions.

Saferoads.com – Driver Safety
“Impaired driving imposes enormous costs on our society. Families, health care, the legal system, insurance companies and the general public all pay the price for impaired drivers. In this section you will find useful information on the consequences of impaired driving, interventions that impaired drivers can face, and useful educational material.”


Law Related Links

The following are a few of the acts and regulations relating to drugs across Canada and in Alberta. In some cases, more than one link to a copy of the act is provided.

The Controlled Drug and Substances Act
Canadian Legal Information Institute
Department of Justice Canada

The Tobacco Act
Department of Justice Canada

The Food and Drugs Act
Canadian Legal Information Institute 
Department of Justice Canada

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Act
Canadian Legal Information Institute
Alberta Government, Queen’s Printer: HTMLPDF 

Tobacco Legislation in Alberta
Tobacco Reduction Act: HTMLPDF
Tobacco Reduction Regulation: HTMLPDF
Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Act: HTMLPDF
Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Regulation: HTMLPDF