Drugs Tag

29 Jun 2010 Authoritative parents better at preventing kids’ binge drinking, study finds

Tralee Pearce, Globe and Mail Jun. 24, 2010: Peer influence is known to be a major factor in whether teens binge-drink. But it turns out that parents play a part as well: A Brigham Young University study reveals that those with an authoritative, nurturing style were the least likely to have children who drink heavily. [Read more here.]...

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06 May 2009 Drug courts and justice

Do drug treatment courts help curb drug use and crime? By Peter Jon Mitchell, Research Analyst, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada - EReview #68, May 6, 2009 Investing $550,000 to cut $3 million in net spending is a good deal. Changing lives at the same time is a great deal. A recent evaluation of the Ottawa Drug Treatment Court (ODTC) has concluded that the four year old pilot project has done just that. A $550,000 a year grant from the Department of Justice has netted a reduction of $ 3 million annually into the local drug trade – that’s not including the cost of crime associated with drug use. [1] Over the coming months, the Department of Justice will decide if it should renew funding for six drug treatment courts in Canada, of which the earliest endeavour started in Toronto in 1998. If this evaluation is any indicator, they should renew the funding.
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07 Apr 2009 MP Keith Martin calls for legalization of marijuana

ARPA Note: Keith Martin is the MP who has also put forward two motions that would curb the power of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. ctvbc.ca - April 2, 2009 A Vancouver Island MP is calling for the decriminalization of marijuana, saying the war on drugs "has been a complete failure.'' Keith Martin, the Federal Liberal MP for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, backed up that plea by tabling a bill in Ottawa Thursday that would make it legal to possess up to 30 grams of pot or two marijuana plants. [Keep reading this...

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20 Aug 2008 Support Health Minister Clement for Speaking Against Insite

Health Minister Tony Clement has been getting enormous criticism from the media for taking a stand against Vancouver's drug injection site called Insite. Let him know that you support him on this: The Honourable Tony Clement, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6Phone: (613) 944-7740; Fax: (613) 992-5092; EMail: [email protected]; WebSite: www.tonyclement.ca
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24 Jul 2008 The Harm of Harm Reduction Philosophy

By Neil Dykstra, coordinator of Langley ARPA "Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its evil desires." (Rom 6:12)Addictions are the closest thing in our day and age to slavery. Whether it involves drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling or other behaviors, addictions are a psychological and sometimes physical dependence on something. Without taking into account the morality of the subject of the addiction, scripture clearly portrays slavery to the mortal body as the antithesis of godly life. In Genesis 1:28, God’s first commands to man are to be His image-bearer in creation, subduing the earth and everything in it. How can we subdue the earth when we let it subdue us?
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17 Jun 2008 Adverse effects linked to medicinal marijuana

Users experience more drowsiness, dizziness than non-users, research findsPamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun - June 17, 2008The use of medical marijuana to relieve pain and other disease symptoms can cause a huge range of adverse effects, says an analysis of safety studies co-authored by University of B.C. and McGill University researchers.The researchers evaluated 31 studies done around the world during the past 40 years and found that while nearly 97 per cent of adverse events were not serious or life threatening, medicinal marijuana users still have an 86-per-cent increase in the...

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13 Jun 2008 Save $1 Billion and 800 Lives: CAMH’s “Avoidable Costs of Alcohol Abuse in Canada 2002” Study released

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: For Immediate Release – June 11, 2008 (TORONTO): The economic burden of alcohol abuse costs each Canadian $463 per year. In fact, the direct health care costs for alcohol abuse in Canada exceed those of cancer.Released today by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Avoidable Cost of Alcohol Abuse in Canada 2002 report estimates that, even under very conservative assumptions,implementing six reviewed interventions would result in cost savings of about $1 billion per year and a savings of about 800 lives, close to 26,000 years of life lost to premature death and more than 88,000 acute care hospital days in Canada per year. This pioneering study is Canada’s first systematic estimate of the avoidable costs of alcohol abuse, and the first study of its kind worldwide.
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03 Jun 2008 What we now know about marijuana

by Margret Kopala (with permission) First Appeared in the Ottawa Citizen - May 31, 2008 Leading the recent National Post debate on cannabis, columnist Barbara Kay can't have anticipated Vancouver's safe injection site, rather than legalized cannabis, would be the Trojan Horse for the legalization of all addictive drugs. This week, the right of addicts to continue use of illicit drugs was upheld by the B.C. Supreme Court even though no treatment of which I am aware uses the substance that caused the problem to cure it. Smokers use nicotine gum, not more cigarettes, to kick the habit, don't steal to feed their habit and if heroine and cocaine are so helpful, why aren't doctors prescribing them in pill form? At least we know something about cannabis. In fact we know a lot. And now a paper published in Nature places the medicinal, the harmful and the recreational aspects of cannabis in a perspective that has implications for how we treat all addictive substances.
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03 Jun 2008 REAL Women Media Release

Court Smashes Government Policy on Drug Addiction Ottawa, Ontario - May 29, 2008 A single judge on the Supreme Court of BC, Mr. Justice Pitfield, handed down a decision on May 27, 2008, that took the olympian approach to judgeship. He did this by concluding that he knows best how to deal with drug addiction in Canada contrary to the policies of the federal government, which has jurisdiction over the issue. The government’s drug policy is to provide for a three-pillar approach to drug addiction by way of prevention (education), treatment and enforcement of drug laws, which has proven to be the only effective method of dealing with drug addiction.
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