Parachute Canada

Cannabis Awareness — #KnowWhatImpairedMeans

Cannabis has been in the news a lot lately. Concerns about supply, delivery and incidents/accidents are now part of our everyday dialogue. One of the groups at greatest risk of marijuana misuse is teens.


With the support of Desjardins, Parachute Canada is working with communities across Canada to encourage teens, parents and community partners to join the conversation about cannabis use on social media using the hashtag #KnowWhatImpairedMeans. Parachute’s partnership includes a National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) in Canada, October 22-28, 2018.

Parachute worked with Fifth Story to create a whiteboard animation video to educate teens and their families about cannabis use. Some of the key research that was discovered includes:

  • 22% of teens who use weed believe it doesn’t impair driving
  • 28% of teens who use pot say they’ve driven within two hours of using
  • 41% of teens say they’ve been in a car with a driver who has used weed
  • 21% of fatally injured teen drivers tested positive for cannabis

Parachute Canada encourages cannabis users to learn more about the organization’s safety initiatives and advocacy work. Parachute Canada is a national charity whose mandate is to create a safer Canada by preventing serious and fatal injuries through evidence-based solutions as well as advocacy and education. Fifth Story thanks Parachute for permission to share and post their content on our website.