Weed Out the Risk


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With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, there are increasing concerns that the growing use of cannabis, particularly among youth, will pose additional road safety risks. We have an innovative “Weed Out the Risk” educational program to address road safety risks of driving under the influence of cannabis for young drivers or being a passenger in a high driver's vehicle.

Research has found that cannabis use has become a “normalized” behavior among many youth and that 52% of Canadian teens do not recognize the danger of driving under the influence of cannabis. Weed Out the Risk (WOTR) seeks to challenge those misconceptions. Since 2014, the WOTR message has been delivered to over 17,000 high school aged youth participants in a variety of educational and community based settings in Ontario. Endorsed by professional educators, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), MADD Canada and community leaders, WOTR is a web-based learning tool which informs participants about the risks of cannabis use and driving through an interactive series of educational games, activities and videos.

How it Works:

  • Engaging facilitators will come to your school
  • We deliver this single classroom session to one or more classrooms at no cost
  • Program messaging has been directly linked to the Ontario secondary school curriculum
  • We accommodate the scheduling complexities of your school.
Community delivery:

Barrington C. Hector, WOTR Project Manager
bhector@springboardservices.ca
416-977-0089 x 299

High school delivery:

Claire Brown, WOTR Outreach Coordinator (Ontario)
1-800-665-6233 ext. 279
cbrown@madd.ca

Shannon Hughes, WOTR Outreach Coordinator (Atlantic/Quebec and Western Canada)
1-800-665-6233 ext. 226
shughes@madd.ca