The Drug Class Blog

Aug 28


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


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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Jun 05

Fort Albany

Interesting couple of days so far!!  Great community, lots of people with lots of determination to try and improve things.  Yesterday I talked to the Health workers and did a one on one session with a community memeber.  As everywhere else people often need someone to listen. Today I...

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Jun 04

Escape From Pain

In Gabore Mate's book "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts" he talks about substance abuse being an escape from pain.  Sometimes we are aware of what that pain is, sometimes not.  A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend a conference on the relationship between trauma and substance abuse. ...

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Jun 01

What are we thinking?

What are we thinking?? Here are a few things I have heard lately that make me ask the question "what are we thinking?". " I buy my kids alcohol so they don't have to try to get it from a stranger." "I buy my daughter's alcohol so I know how much she is drinking." " I'd rather my son would drink than...

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