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The Drug Class Blog

Alcohol

Nov 21

More From Yellowknife

Hi!! Sorry Lost contact for last night and this morning our internet was down. Day Three in Yellowknife was again very interesting and very busy. We started the morning at Tree of Peace Centre with a workshop with various service providers from around the community. As always the focus was on building...

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Dec 19

More on Alcohol

More on Alcohol I had 40 kids in one of my grade 11/12 “Drug Class” classes last week. We went through some info on alcohol and did an AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Inventory Test) with them. 19 kids’ scores indicated relatively low risk (although there is adequate research to indicate...

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Dec 14

Awareness

Awareness Twice this week I have had kids start crying in class. I’d been talking about how substance abuse affects those who love us. I showed a clip out of “Basketball Diaries” where the mom is sitting on the floor calling the police, she has the phone in one hand and money for...

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Nov 10

Lower the risk

Alcohol is not going to go away. Like anything else, the better we understand how to use this drug (and if we think about it as a drug we can take it more seriously). These guidelines can help us lower the risk.  If you are a parent pay special attention to Guideline 5. Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol...

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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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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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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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