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The Drug Class Blog

Feb 02

Clearing More Smoke

We currently do not have a “limit” for the amount of THC that would constitute impaired driving, we do for alcohol and we need to consider how to manage THC impairment. The bigger issue is that most people who use this drug don’t consider it a problem to drive while stoned and they...

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Dec 19

More on Alcohol

More on Alcohol I had 40 kids in one of my grade 11/12 “Drug Class” classes last week. We went through some info on alcohol and did an AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Inventory Test) with them. 19 kids’ scores indicated relatively low risk (although there is adequate research to indicate...

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Dec 14

Awareness

Awareness Twice this week I have had kids start crying in class. I’d been talking about how substance abuse affects those who love us. I showed a clip out of “Basketball Diaries” where the mom is sitting on the floor calling the police, she has the phone in one hand and money for...

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Dec 07

People who care

I met Joe at the IOS concernce in Vancouver last year.  We chatted a bit and had enough in common that we continued to keep in contact.  We met again when I was back in Vancouver a few months later.  He talked about trying to pay back.  That is what most of us are trying to do.   Here...

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Nov 21

Practice Practice

Prevention We are heading back home today. Just like last time I’m leaving here feeling admiration for the people in Hay River who are working so hard to make things better for their community in general, but mostly for the kids. Thank you to Bobbie, Jill and Victor for setting everything up...

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Nov 19

Stigma

Five Airports in one day is always a bit challenging. The photo above is our walk up to the famous Buffalo Airways (Ice Pilots) plane to leave Yellowknife for Hay River. I had an interesting chat on the plane with a young fellow who works in Yellowknife. He made a couple of really interesting comments...

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Nov 19

The light came on

I wish I had taken the photo at the top of this article. It is a good time of year for the aurora but it has been cloudy and snowing so I’ll just imagine that is what is going on above the clouds. The Community here has been very welcoming and the kids and adults we have been talking to have...

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Nov 18

Alternatives

Alternatives We are just heading out on another trip to Hay River North West Territories to do some work during National Addictions Awareness Week. As always this is an opportunity to hopefully help people change how they think. If we think what we are doing is OK that it isn't a problem or a big...

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Nov 10

Lower the risk

Alcohol is not going to go away. Like anything else, the better we understand how to use this drug (and if we think about it as a drug we can take it more seriously). These guidelines can help us lower the risk.  If you are a parent pay special attention to Guideline 5. Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol...

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Oct 24

More on the Cell phone

I was just walking through the concourse of one of the schools I work in and there were three girls sitting sitting at a table. That wasn't unusual, what was unusual was that they weren't talking to each other. They were all totally immersed in their phones. A big part of being a teen is learning...

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