The Drug Class Blog

Mar 31

Spring Break

Thinking about life without partying seems to be very scary for a lot of people. There is a lot of social pressure to use drugs and alcohol. I was doing a presentation last Friday at one of my schools and was talking about the volume of the voice we hear. The kids who smoke marijuana and or drink...

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Mar 20

Epidemics - Ebola vs Alcohol

Alcohol Deaths It is interesting there is so much public discussion on Ebola Deaths. Here are the stats on World Alcohol Deaths 2.5 Million Alcohol-Related Deaths Worldwide- Annually Based on the analyses of 100 individual country profiles, The World Health Organization (WHO) has released The Global...

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Mar 08

Legalization ?? School Problems?

I talked with three teens this week, all 14 who had been brought to me by their parents. All the kids had changed quite a bit in the last year. Part of the teen’s rationale for using was that “well, its going to be legal soon”. Teens are developing critical thinking skills, when they...

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Jan 28

Recovery

I just spent two days in Ottawa at the National Summit on Recovery hosted by the CCSA. I know many of you won’t get wildly excited about this but it was actually historic.Those of you who have dealt with addiction or know someone who has read on. This was the first time that Canada has addressed...

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Jan 26

Snake Oil 2015

Snake Oil: If you have ever watched old westerns you have seen the Snake Oil Salesman, selling something that seems to be the cure for everything. The discusion about marijuana is moving into that category. One of the things that seems to be confusing a lot of people, particularly teens, are the discussionas...

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Jan 11

"Safe" Use ??

I have included a link to a very interesting article. It includes the reference of being OK with a certain amount of lead paint in our children's cribs. I have said many times that we need to check our thinking "Is what you are thinking true?" Marijuana (more explicitly THC) is a drug, plain and simple,...

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Dec 18

Having Fun?

Many people get confused about having fun, all the alcohol ads show us that we will be better looking, more popular and have more fun if we drink, and we are starting to see ads about how to be more relaxed with your favorite "bud" Thinking that you can't have fun or relax without "something" to help...

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Dec 11

Good Idea?

I have talked about this before but it is a topic that needs lots of attention. I had a conversation with a parent the other day that centered around their concern with their teen’s substance use (including alcohol) essentially they were going to see how things went as they had the “talk”...

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Nov 11

And some more on Marijuana

Marijuana changes brain development. We know that. We know a lot more too. Marijuana is addictive - Less than nicotine but then heroin is less addictive than nicotine, so is alcohol. The addictiveness of a drug is less of an issue than the capacity of a drug to disrupt normal thinking and functionality...

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Nov 02

Where Does It Start

Drug and Alcohol Problems generally start young, usually when kids are in grade 8 or nine. The research clearly shows that most people who have substance problems started their alcohol or drug use before they were 17 and typically at 13 or 14. I had a grade 9 class this week with about 35 kids and...

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