Drug Abuse

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Innovative Strategies To Tackle Drug Addiction Should Target Youth

I think a strategic approach to harm minimization needs to be the primary focus of a drug strategy in Canada. Not the typical harm minimization strategy, but rather one that focuses on building an innovative and integrated response that recognizes that the solution to addiction is as much or more about early intervention and combating the addiction directly. It is necessary to engage partners and service providers within the youth community if we hope to develop an innovative, enhanced education and prevention program targeted at youth in schools.
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Too Many Politicians Suffer From Drug Policy Abuse

Last week, MPs debated Bill C-2 -- an Act to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The primary purpose of the bill is to obstruct the establishment of safe injection sites in Canada, despite over a decade of successful harm reduction at Vancouver's Insite. This is just one example of how politicians of all stripes get drug policy wrong.
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Feds Launch $7-Million Anti-Drug Blitz

OTTAWA - The federal government has kicked off a new anti-drug marketing campaign that was spurned by three of the country's top medical groups due to concerns it was politically motivated.The Conserv...
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Ignoring Canada's Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away

They are typically from impoverished families, where addiction, neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse were prominent. They usually do not have a high school diploma. Most of them started abusing drugs and alcohol between the ages of 11 and 15, as an escape from the neglect and abuse that they were suffering at home.
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There Are Scandals and Then There's Rob Ford

Google Rob Ford and you're met with the latest on the "Crackgate Scandal." In what can only be described as a whirlwind of chaos, Toronto's Mayor is in the news again with another bizarre allegation. What needs to happen next is that the Mayor should address the allegations head-on then move on. What Toronto needs to do is start vetting potential Mayoral candidates for 2014 as Ford has made it clear that he'll be running again. When you honestly think about it, our standards are not that high when it comes to politicians; we need to raise the bar.
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The Link Between Meth And Parkinson's

TORONTO - Canadian scientists say there's a link between the abuse of methamphetamines and the development of Parkinson's disease. Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto...