By Tyler Renaud 
BELLEVILLE – Hastings Prince Edward Public Health  is in the midst of a campaign to raise awareness about emergency contraceptive use and availability.
The agency is gathering information about the public’s understanding of emergency contraceptives like the morning-after pill , according to Stephanie McFaul, the health-protection manager for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
“We are conducting a survey of people of reproductive age and we are really trying to gather some information on what people know about emergency contraception,” McFaul said. “Also, how they feel about it.”
Based on the results of the survey and current health-care research and information, the agency will work to promote awareness around what emergency contraception is and “ensure the people know how to access it,” she said.
The survey can be completed online  and hard copies can be picked up at the health agency’s offices at 179 North Park St. in Belleville.
People need to know that they have choices when it comes to contraception, McFaul said:http://www.qnetnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/info-steph-pill2.mp3 
Another motivating factor for the campaign is the above-average teen pregnancy rate in the area. Across Ontario, the average pregnancy rate for women ages 15 to 19 is 8.5 per 1,000. In Hastings and Prince Edward counties the rate is 18.9 per 1,000. There are many socio-economic factors contributing to teenage pregnancy, McFaul said:http://www.qnetnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/socio-economic-factors-steph-pill.mp3 
The names of those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw with a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.