It's time for Labrador West residents to take off the blinders and
look at the monster staring them in the face.
Drugs are a problem in our community. It's been avoided, played down
and ignored long enough; now we have to take action.
A crystal meth presentation at the Arts and Culture Centre Sept. 17-18
threw drug use in the face of everyone who attended, and while it
didn't focus on local statistics, it showed what can happen when drug
use is ignored.
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Community Leaders Clash Over SCAN Legislation
There's new legislation in place designed to combat crime in
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Act passed in the
House of Assembly before the end of the spring session and according
to Jim Baker, MHA for Labrador West, it's a very proactive piece of
"The objective is to establish some kind of a mechanism to respond to
complaints concerning illegal activities and how they adversely effect
or harm our neighbourhoods," he said of the SCAN Act. "It's not based
on criminal law, it's based on civil law."
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Wellness Subcommittee Offering Full Schedule Of Events Next Week
Addictions Awareness Week is just around the corner and the planning
committee has some wonderful events set up for this year.
Sandy Penney, Addictions Services coordinator, explained Addictions
Awareness Week is from Nov. 19-25 and is a national event designed to
raise awareness around alcohol, other drug use and gambling.
It also points out the positive aspects of making healthy life choices.
"We're going to bring it right back to focusing on alcohol this
year," Ms. Penney said. "Alcohol is still the No. 1 drug of choice
among young teens and adults. Alcohol is the drug of choice that we
see the most referrals for here at Addictions Services and we can't
lose sight of that."
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There is a drug problem in Labrador West that can no longer be
ignored. There are drugs on our streets, there are drugs in our homes
and more importantly there are drugs being sold to our children.
Parents need to wake up out of their complacent haze and take a look
at their children's activities.
Last year, Menihek High School conducted a drug and alcohol study. The
results of that study were frightening at best, yet nothing has been
done. The school put the information out there for the general public,
yet there was very little response. A few concerned parents may have
come out of hiding, but for the most part, the study was ignored. Even
the Menihek school council is in awe of how quiet parents have been.
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