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August 25, 2010

New publication on drugs and the law targets youth

Youth, Drugs and the Law is a new booklet aimed at educating young people about drugs and the consequences that can follow. Teens, and even their parents, may not know where to turn to get accurate information about drug use and the possible legal consequences. This booklet describes drugs and their effects, the various laws that deal with illegal drug use, the right of police and teachers to search for drugs, types of drug offences including impaired driving, and possible sentences. There is a listing of addiction resources at the end.

This booklet was created by Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety. Youth and stakeholder groups such as Portage Atlantic, RCMP, and the Department of Education all gave input in developing the booklet. Funding for this booklet was provided by Justice Canada.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran said making the booklet available to youth is a positive step in crime reduction and prevention. “This will help to dispel any myths or misinformation that youth may be hearing,” he said. “We certainly believe that we need to do our part to help youth make better choices so that they can grow up to be law-abiding citizens.”

We would encourage youth serving agencies, schools and libraries around the province to order copies to share with youth in their area.  If you wish to place an order, please contact Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick.

To read the press release, click here.