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Harm Reduction Task Force sponsors “Understanding the Teenage Brain”

Dr. Jean ClintonYou won’t want to miss Understanding the Teenage Brain on Tuesday, May 6th, 8:30am to 4pm at Maranatha Auditorium, 100 College Street West, Belleville.  Dr. Jean Clinton and others, including Ron Shore, explore why teens seek the thrill of risky behaviours and how to promote resiliency in our kids.  A separate evening presentation with Dr. Clinton only from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will explore how family, friends and other relationships impact the teenage brain. The deadline for the day event requires advance tickets to be purchased by May 1st. The evening event is first come, first served. Tickets are available at all Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit offices, Mental Health Services, Books & Company (Picton 289 Main Street), and Balu’s Pharmacy in Stirling.

What is Harm Reduction?

Have you ever used a seat belt, helmet or hand railing? It is the same set of practical strategies that can be applied to anything potentially harmful. Taken one step further, Harm Reduction when applied to drug use, can be planning a designated driver on a night out, knowing what risks one is taking with certain drugs or knowing when and how to reduce the amount of substances taken to avoid harmful effects. The Harm Reduction Task Force of Hastings and Prince Edward meets people ‘where they are at,’ addressing personal issues and conditions leading to use.

A number of agencies sit on the Harm Reduction Task Force of Hastings and Prince Edward including Hastings County Social Services, Hastings County Housing Services, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Mental Health Services, Canadian Mental Health, Highland Shores CAS, Three Oaks Foundation, area pharmacists, Loyalist College and Quinte Health Care to name a few. The group meets four times per year and holds an annual education event covering a variety of issues. For anyone interested, please attend our upcoming event.  Subsidized rates are available.  Contact Anne-Marie Murphy at

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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