The overall goal of this grade 7 unit is to prevent or delay substance use, with an emphasis on alcohol and cannabis, the two most commonly used psychoactive substances among adolescents in Nova Scotia (aside from tobacco, which is addressed in another supplement1).

The approach taken is to encourage students to think about the decisions they make concerning alcohol and cannabis and to provide them with the resources to be aware of what is influencing them as they make those decisions. This process follows a sequence from understanding personal influences, followed by an examination of the influence of other people in their lives and the impact of the broader community and culture, and concluding with development and practice of skills to make informed choices.

1. Tobacco use is not addressed in this supplement, however, it is the entire focus of another curriculum supplement: Smoke-Free for Life. Grades Seven to Nine. A Smoking Prevention Curriculum Supplement.