Pubdate: Tue, 04 Jul 2017
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Copyright: 2017 The Globe and Mail Company
Author: Paul Thiessen
Page: A10


In his troubling column, Andre Picard points to the health risks posed
by alcohol, as well as marijuana (We Need To Stop Romanticizing
Alcohol, June 27).

An article published in Paediatrics and Child Health in March, based
on self-reported data from the Victoria Healthy Youth Survey over the
10 years from 2003 to 2013, recounted that 80 per cent of males and 75
per cent of females in the frequent-user group (using marijuana more
than once a week) reported "being in a car in the past 30 days driven
by a driver [including themselves] using marijuana or other drugs."

In the face of looming legalization of recreational marijuana in 2018,
we urgently need a co-ordinated public-health strategy to mitigate the
frightening risks posed by driving while under the influence.

Paul Thiessen, MD, Vancouver
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