The Drug Class Blog

Mar 09

Double Trouble

Double Trouble Although marijuana advocates continue to bang the drum that this drug in not problematic we keep getting more and more research that there are significant issues that we need to pay attention to. The largest group that is using marijuana are adolescents so any negative impact on brain...

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Mar 02

Happy?

I'm sitting in Vancouver Airport waiting for a plane and catching up on emails. One of my good friends, Don, sent me an interesting article on happpiness so I thought I'd share it.  Lately, when ever someone asks me "How are you?" instead of my usual "good"  or "fine I have been saying "happy"...

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Feb 20

Alcohol problems

Adolescent problem drinking continies to be a problem, although the article below is about USA stats we are dealing with essentially the same issue here. Regular heavy drinking is the norm with teenages and they still beleive that it isn't a problem. That thinking, that it isn't a problem is the problem. We...

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Feb 10

Smoking Dope and Driving

Smoking marijuana a couple of hours before you drive almost doubles your chances of having a serious car crash, according to Canadian researchers. The study, led by Associate Professor Mark Asbridge from Dalhousie University, is the first to review data about drivers who had been treated for serious...

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Jan 13

Pill Deaths

Ecstasy or “E” is often referred to by kids as “pills”. I think they do this because it sounds less harmful. This is a dangerous drug and it seems to be on a bit of a resurgence. There have been several deaths associated with this drug in the past few weeks. The people who...

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Dec 21

What We Think

What we think. We need to pay more attention to the thinking around marijuana use and particularly the use by teens. What we think determines how we feel and act. So we need to really pay attention to whether or not what we are thinking is true. If we really like something that makes it difficult...

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Dec 18

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open It is very easy to think that whatever is going on with your teen is just “teen” stuff. If we are not careful we will often pass off changes as being just “growing up” or “experimenting” or “teen angst”. We can also really get caught by...

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Nov 22

Most Girls Drink to Fit In

Alcohol is still the number 1 problem drug, because society has a high degree of acceptance for alcohol use we often don’t see it “as bad”. ‘Most girls drink to fit in’ By Ann Dowsett Johnston www.threstar.com Sun Nov 20th. It’s tea time at Tim Horton’s,...

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Nov 19

Thanks

Thanks to the Community Of Hay River and to the K'atl'odeeche First Nation for being such great hosts for our visit there. You are doing some interesting and innovative work to try and improve the health and wellness of everyone in the community and especially the youth. We know that substance problems...

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Nov 18

South Mackenzie Correctional Centre

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Author Unknown We spent the afternoon at The South Mackenzie Correctional Centre. They let us out after too, which was a good thing. About 95% of people in detention are there because of situations that happened surrounding...

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