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Preventing Substance Use Amongst Youth: A National Success Story from Iceland, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Kitchener, Ontario
February 15, 2018

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Kitchener Public Library Main Branch

With Dr. Alfgeir Kristjansson and local experts

Iceland began ‘upstream’ prevention initiatives in the mid-1990s and to date they have seen substantial reductions in the use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco amongst youth. Compared with Canada and European countries, Iceland’s prevalence rates are significantly lower. What are the key elements of their sustained success that could boost upstream prevention efforts in Canada?

Dr. Kristjansson is part of a team in Reyjkavik that has created and implemented one of the most systematic, multi-sectoral, and effective programs in the world. Dr. Kristjansson will address both the ongoing research and the details of program implementation. An expert panel and audience dialogue will follow the presentation.

Presented by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Kitchener Public Library.

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Key Link: Iceland Asked Its Teens Why They Binge Drink. Their Responses Changed Everything at