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1 CN NF: Column: Fight Back Against DrugsMon, 24 Sep 2007
Source:Aurora, The (CN NF) Author:Bennett, Pam Area:Newfoundland Lines:126 Added:09/28/2007

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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2 CN NF: Safer Or Scarier?Mon, 25 Jun 2007
Source:Aurora, The (CN NF) Author:Bennett, Pam Area:Newfoundland Lines:191 Added:06/27/2007

Community Leaders Clash Over SCAN Legislation

There's new legislation in place designed to combat crime in communities.

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 legislation.

"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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3 CN NF: Combating AddictionMon, 13 Nov 2006
Source:Aurora, The (CN NF) Author:Bennett, Pam Area:Newfoundland Lines:86 Added:11/18/2006

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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4 CN NF: Editorial: Walking A Fine Drug LineMon, 21 Nov 2005
Source:Aurora, The (CN NF) Author:Bennett, Pam Area:Newfoundland Lines:80 Added:11/26/2005

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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