Lanark County turns to Iceland to curb teen substance abuse

Icelandic model dramatically changed country’s toxic teen drinking culture

CBC News · Posted: Nov 28, 2018 7:20 AM ET | Last Updated: November 28, 2018

Lanark County is looking to test a program inspired by Iceland’s approach to substance abuse, which has helped dramatically curb that country’s toxic drinking culture among teens.

The eastern Ontario county is working on developing its own version of Iceland’s Planet Youth program, which took the country from having one of the highest rates of substance abuse issues in Europe to one of the lowest.

“The Iceland model is basically giving kids better things to do,” Brenda MacDonald Rowe, a member of the municipal drug strategy committee in Carleton Place, told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning.

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