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Drug Abuse

Nov 18

South Mackenzie Correctional Centre

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Author Unknown We spent the afternoon at The South Mackenzie Correctional Centre. They let us out after too, which was a good thing. About 95% of people in detention are there because of situations that happened surrounding...

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Jul 27

The Disease that Lies

Trying to understand the disease of addiction is difficult for most and nearly impossible for those who are in it.   That is one of the biggest problems. Here is an excellent article from CNN Health written by the chief medical officer at the Hazelden Clinic. Marvin Seppala, M.D., is the chief...

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May 30

More on Drug Impaired Driving

More good work from Canadian Centre On Substance Absue. Research Shows Drug-impaired Driving is as Prevalent as Alcohol-impaired Driving—and its Possible Link to Fatally Injured Drivers Ottawa, March 28, 2011 – The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) today released two studies:...

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Apr 02

B.C. pioneers new alcoholism strategy

From British Columbia is the first province to formally recognize alcohol addiction as a chronic medical condition, a move aimed at improving treatment. As of Friday, the new policy emphasizes preventive measures and gives family doctors more time and resources to treat patients with alcohol...

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Mar 29

ER Visits From Ecstasy Jump 75 Percent

Ecstacy still a problem.   Even though we have worked hard to educate people about the dangers of this drug there is still lots around.  Here is some recent info  from Healthday about some of the dangers A Recent Study Finds Hospitals treat drug's young users for agitation, heat stroke,...

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Mar 17

More On Rx Drugs

Right across the country the problem of teens abusing presciption medications continues to increase.  I have talked to several teens this week who have "tried" oxy or morphine in the last week. They know it is dangerous but like most things they just wanted to see what it was like.  This isn't...

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Mar 01

Getting Worse

I was talking to some kids the other day about prescription drug use and I was explaining about the addictive nature of Oxycontin and that chemically it is very similar to heroin (heroin C21H23NO5 - oxy C18H21NO4). The response from one girl was "no it isn't". She believed it was OK. What we think...

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Feb 15

ADHD and Substance Use

Many kids with ADD or ADHD will turn to substance use because they feel like the drugs are a solution to their problem,  the inrcrease in dopamine flow when they are high seems to them to be the solution to their inability to focus.  The downside of course is that the drug use will actually...

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Feb 01

Operating System

Drugs change our brain, and our brain is our operating system, our computer.  If our computer starts going too slow, not opening files properly, not reacting the way it should we either get a new one or take it into the shop to get it fixed.  We can't really do that with our brain, but what...

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Jan 23

More questions

Am I Addicted to Weed? Here are some common signs of weed addiction or dependency: - Withdrawals if weed smoking is stopped - The necessity to use increased amounts of weed to achieve the same effect - Difficulty controlling emotions - Irritability/Mood swings - Difficulty reducing...

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