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The Drug Class Blog

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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May 26

Take Care of This

Again there is more research indication marijuana has the potential to cause mental health problems. Schizophrenia Linked to Adolescents Who Smoke Marijuana Physical changes have been found in specific area of the brain associated with schizophrenia in adolescents who use cannabis. New research from...

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May 19

Progress

Lady Bugs A big part of my job and my day is listening to kids. The best part of my job is listening to them get better. I was chatting with this young man the other day and he was telling me about a lady bug. He was sitting outside watching this lady bug. She would crawl up this piece of grass,...

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May 09

Teen Marijuana Use Increases

We have talked about this issue several times on this site but here is another article which confirms that we need to pay a lot of attention to Marijuana use in the teen population.   Heavy' Marijuana Use by Teens Surges By Buddy T, About.com GuideMay 2, 2012 The 23rd Partnership Attitude Tracking...

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Apr 07

A look at Alcohol Use

Here is some great info and a test that was passed on to me by Aldo Baker. Alcohol Abuse is still a significant problem and the biggest problem is that we think what we are doing is OK. Check this out http://www.militarymentalhealth.org/alcohol_abuse_facts/

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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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