Peterborough Public Health Receives Funding to Tackle Youth Substance Use  

Written by Comms Team, June 26, 2024

Region is 1 in 7 Communities Across Canada Selected

Peterborough Public Health is excited to be one of seven communities in Canada selected by the Public Health Agency of Canada to begin implementing and adapting the Icelandic Prevention Model (IPM) for youth substance use prevention.

“Substance use harms, in particular the opioids crisis, is one of the most vexing issues of our time for our community of Peterborough,” says Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “Community collaboration through this important new grant will allow us to advance a more effective response to preventing youth substance use harms and improve health.”

The model is an evidence-based approach, using local data and assets to drive programing. From there, the community works together to address the specific needs identified and tackle root causes of substance use.

Dr. Piggott adds, “Our community has a long history of collaborating for the betterment of our residents. We look forward to engaging with new and existing partners to focus on upstream causes of substance use.”

Additional details on the Public Health Agency of Canada funding and today’s announcement can be found at

More details about the work locally as planning evolves will be communicated in the fall of 2024.


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