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The Drug Class Blog

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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Oct 17

Chickens and Eggs

One of the young women I was working with was having increasingly disabling symptoms of anxiety. These had always been there a bit but were getting worse, as was her alcohol consumption, which she felt was helping the anxiety. It can help the symptoms but was making the problem worse. After quite...

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Oct 13

Marijuana and Testicular Cancer

Marijuana and Testicular cancer. This report came out a few weeks ago and mirrors a couple of other studies that have given similar data Young men who had smoked marijuana recreationally were twice as likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer than men who have never used marijuana, according to...

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Aug 28

Epidemic

Epidemic I hear more and more from teens that this is really becoming an issue. More and more kids are using pharmaceuticals to get high and using them with other drugs particularly alcohol. The following statistics are from USA but if we divide them by 10 (pull out your calculators) we will ...

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Aug 08

Marijuana and Anxiety

The problem, not the solution. I have been saying for years that marijuana use has the potential to cause anxiety. I have worked with lots of teens who claim they are using to deal with anxiety but the more they use the worse the anxiety gets and them the more they use. This article confirms that...

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Jul 12

Gateways

First Things First - Gateways Where do things start? A recent study included data on more than 14,500 high-school students from 120 schools across U.S. The data was obtained from Monitoring the Future study. This study analyzed the data to find out what substances were being tried by students....

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Jun 24

Energy Drinks and Alcohol - a bad mix

Caffeine and Alcohol a bad mix Teens are very frequently mixing energy drinks like Red Bull with Alcohol and there are a number or premixed caffeine-alcohol drinks available. A researcher at the University of Victoria is calling out the dangers of consuming energy drinks and alcohol, a widespread...

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Jun 15

Open Letter to My teacher

As teachers we often get caught up dealing with behavior and forget to look at what is behind the behavior.   An Open Letter To My Teacher Dear Teacher,I think it's time I told you why I have been acting out at schooland crying sometimes. I think you know that something is wrong,because you keep...

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Jun 07

Into the light

I think one of the reasons the Drug Class program works in our schools is that it brings a problem into the open, talks about it, teaches about it and makes getting help OK.  I've told this story hundreds of times but here it is again. Part 1 One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The...

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Jun 06

Forth Albany - Tuesday

Again another interesting day. Presentations to the grade 5 and then grade 6 classes then watched a Canada World Youth project. This involved video interviews and diary cam work with local teens and guess what... one of their primary concerns is substance use. I also had a really interesting session...

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