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1 US CT: UConn Study: Teenage Pot And Alcohol Use Can Reduce SuccessMon, 06 Nov 2017
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Hladky, Gregory B. Area:Connecticut Lines:62 Added:11/06/2017

Teens who use a lot of marijuana and alcohol are less likely to have a full time job when they grow up, or to get a college education or get married, according to a new study by University of Connecticut researchers.

The study of 1,165 young adults from across the U.S. also found that dependence on pot and booze may also have a "more severe effect on young men" than on young women.

"This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood." - Elizabeth Harari, University of Connecticut researcher.

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2CN BC: Column: Kids Must Be Told The Full Story On Pot's Health RisksSat, 21 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ross, Jessica Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2017

Action needed as legalization looms, Dr. Jessica Ross says.

That was definitely vomit, I thought as I stepped in a slippery substance and caught the rail of the stretcher to avoid sliding underneath. That bilious smell doesn't come out of shoes.

After ordering an intravenous, a cocktail of anti-emetics and a change of footwear for myself, I run through a mental list. What causes a 14-year-old patient to vomit like this? Appendicitis? Meningitis? Overdose? As an emergency room physician, it's always Big Bad Diagnoses that run through my mind first.

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3 CN ON: Column: Is Legalization Good For Our Children?Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Saint-Aubin, Etienne Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:10/21/2017

A grandparent's prayer on the move to legalize marijuana use

In speaking of how we were all united in so many simple but important ways on this earth, John F. Kennedy once said: "Our basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

What follows is this mortal grandfather's prayer for his grandchildren.

For as it is true that we all cherish our children's future so do we hold so dear that of our grandchildren. In a way, we perhaps see them as our envoys into a future time. As they give us hope for a better world, our heart aches with longing for a world of many tomorrows that will at least be safe and welcoming for them.

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4 CN NS: Grade 5 Students Are Winning Race Against Drugs In AmherstFri, 20 Oct 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Gooding, Christopher Area:Nova Scotia Lines:63 Added:10/20/2017

A new school year is underway and the race is on to deliver a drug and alcohol-free message to children in Cumberland County.

Grade 5 students attending Springhill's two elementary schools, schools in Amherst and neighbouring Northport joined forces to participate in this year's Racing Against Drugs. Sponsored by the Amherst Lions and Lioness Clubs and Amherst Police, community partners like Maggie's Place, Amherst Restorative Justice and many more delivered healthy living messages while empowering students with knowledge through fun.

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5CN ON: Will Teens Cross Bridge To Buy Pot In Gatineau?Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

If Ontarians, 18, can buy pot in Quebec, they'll need to find a place to smoke it

Ottawa 18-year-olds have for years gleefully evaded Ontario's age requirement of 19 to buy alcohol by making a short trip across the Ottawa River to drink legally in Quebec.

Now that provincial age discrepancy appears likely to be replicated for pot smokers, too, with reports the Quebec government intends to set the legal age for buying marijuana at 18.

Ontario has already announced an age of 19 to buy or possess pot when it's legalized by the federal government. That's also Ontario's legal drinking age.

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6 Canada: Feds Issue Tender For Anti-Marijuana Campaign Aimed At YouthFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Beswick, Aaron Area:Canada Lines:72 Added:09/27/2017

Health Canada doesn't want kids smoking pot.

The federal agency responsible for the health of Canadians issued a tender call Thursday for a marketing campaign to raise awareness among youth aged 13 to 24 about the harmful affects of smoking marijuana on their still-developing brains.

It also wants pre- and post-campaign monitoring of the awareness of youth of the affects.

The advertising campaign will roll out in anticipation of Canada's legalizing marijuana next year.

Ed McHugh, a professor at St. Mary's University's marketing department, offered a warning.

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7 CN BC: LTE: Youth At Risk With Liberal Plan To Legalize PotFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Munro, A. T. Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Editor:

There is no doubt in my mind that the proposal by the prime minister to legalize marijuana has not been well thought out, especially with the devastating drug problems we are now facing.

The effect of narcotics on the development of the brain has been well researched. Scientific studies have proven that mental disorders, schizophrenia, suicides, etc. are much higher among those who take these drugs than those who do not.

Postnatal brain development occurs over a long period that lasts into adolescence and some say into the 20s. Our youth are at risk. We certainly do not need more soft drugs on the street that are available to an impressionable age group trying to cope with their own stresses at school, at home, on the street, etc.

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8 CN ON: Editorial: Opioid Dangers Must Be Taught To StudentsSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly opioids.

There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their predecessors.

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9CN SN: Letter: No Legal Means For Youths To Get PotThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Wilson-Raybould, Jody Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/23/2017

Re: Ashley Robinson's article (Kids will be able to possess weed under federal marijuanalegislation, Sept. 15):

The Government of Canada's position is clear: youth should not have any amount of cannabis. As Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, under Bill C-45 there will be no legal means for a young person to obtain recreational cannabis. C-45 will also, for the first time, make it a criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and create significant penalties for those who engage youth in related offences.

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10 CN ON: Teach Kids To Just Say No: ExpertsThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Blatchford, Andy Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:09/19/2017

OTTAWA - Youth health experts are warning the federal government that its push to legalize recreational cannabis should be accompanied by extensive public-education and prevention campaigns that spell out the serious risks of pot consumption on adolescent brains.

Parliamentarians heard this message numerous times Wednesday during a House of Commons committee hearing to study the Trudeau government's legislation to legalize marijuana.

Ottawa plans to legalize cannabis for adults 18 and older within 10 months, but some provinces and police services have warned the federal timeline is far too tight for them to properly prepare for such a major change.

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11CN SN: Kids Would Be Able To Possess Weed Under LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Bill C-45 proposes youths 12-18 can have up to five grams before facing charges

As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.

The professed goal of the federal Liberals' Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.

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12 Canada: Column: Who's Looking Out For The Children?Thu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Balkissoon, Denise Area:Canada Lines:103 Added:09/19/2017

As marijuana legalization looms, let's remind lawmakers that the focus must be on public health, not criminal justice

Twenty-year-old me can't believe 40-year-old me has come to this, sending out a warning call about the dangers of marijuana. There is more than a fragrant whiff of do as I say, not as I did about this column.

But 40-year-old me has seen things 20-year-old me hadn't, such as people around me coping with addiction and mental illness. So I'm here to be a wet blanket: As legalization approaches, let's focus on (spoiler alert, old-lady phrase) our young people.

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13 CN ON: Fix For Pot's Impact On Teen Brain?Wed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:09/13/2017

Londoners may have found way to reverse THC's psychiatric toll

Western University researchers may have found a way to reverse the harmful effects that marijuana use can have on teenagers' brains.

The researchers, in a breakthrough discovery, say they've found a way to use pharmaceutical drugs to counter the long-term negative psychiatric effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives users the feeling of a euphoric high.

Previous research has linked chronic pot use by teens with a range of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia later in life, with the risk rising the earlier that young people begin using marijuana.

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14 UK: Teen Died After Five Bags Of Ecstasy 'Exploded' In HerTue, 05 Sep 2017
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:117 Added:09/09/2017

A teenage law student from Britain died while on holiday in Ibiza after five bags of ecstasy exploded in her stomach, an inquest heard.

Rebecca Brock, 18, was discovered with a pool of blood next to her head in a hotel room after traveling to the party island for a friend's birthday.

Nottingham Coroners' Court heard staff found the "academically gifted" student unresponsive in her room at the Hotel Marco Polo on Sept. 28, 2015.

Spanish police began an investigation after the amount of the class-A drug in her system was "double the level" of a normal fatal dose.

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15 US: Teen Marijuana Use Falls To 20-Year Low, Defying LegalizationThu, 07 Sep 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:United States Lines:62 Added:09/09/2017

In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation's 12- to 17-year-oldsA dropped to their lowest level inA more than two decades, according to federal survey data released this week.

Last year, 6.5 percent of adolescents used marijuana on a monthly basis, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That represents a statistically significant drop from 2014,A when the nation's first recreational marijuana shops opened in Washington state and Colorado.

The last time monthly teen marijuana use was this low was 1994, according to the survey.

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16 CN ON: U Of O Student Leaders Can't Carry Naloxone For OrientationSat, 02 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:09/07/2017

Student leaders running the University of Ottawa's orientation week events won't be allowed to administer the opioid antidote naloxone in the event of an overdose because of liability concerns if the injection were to go wrong.

Hadi Wess, president of the undergraduate student union that runs the events, said the group initially planned to have about 100 student leaders carry naloxone kits to combat any overdoses that could occur during the parties and events that get under way over the long weekend. The measure was to prepare for the possibility that substances such as the deadly opioid fentanyl could be mixed with other drugs that might be consumed.

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17 CN ON: Oped: Cannabis Legislation Will Better Protect ChildrenFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Oakville Beaver (CN ON) Author:Oliver, John Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:08/19/2017

It may shock many Canadians to learn that 28 per cent of Canadian youths use marijuana - the highest rate among developed countries surveyed in a 2013 UNICEF report.

This means that if you know four youths between the ages of 11 and 15, one of them is using marijuana.

All Canadians should be concerned about this trend, because the younger someone is when they start using marijuana and the more often they use it, the greater the overall risks to their health.

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18 CN BC: Starting A Dialogue About Youth Drug AbuseWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Lake Country Calendar (CN BC) Author:Gerding, Barry Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:08/09/2017

Online survey results to be discussed at Kelowna forum

An Okanagan drug treatment agency is heading up a conversation about drug abuse among Central Okanagan youth.

The Bridge Youth &Family Services in Kelowna, with support from the children and youth mental health and substance use local action team, want to initiate a dialogue about how to best serve young people who're experimenting with or are addicted to drugs.

Jamie McGregor, program coordinator for youth detox and adult supported recovery, said problematic substance abuse has been an ongoing concern in the Central Okanagan now for decades, noting that last year 319 people under the age of 29 died of an opioid overdose in B.C.

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19 CN ON: Teen Travels Across Country To Share Her Addiction StoryTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Connor, Kevin Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:08/08/2017

Recovering addict Leila Attar says she was scared sober after a fentanyl overdose nearly killed her in 2016.

The 19-year-old Ottawa teen unwittingly took pills thinking they were percocets last November.

"I had taken too much in the past, but I'd never been so far gone. I had the feeling I was so close to death," Attar said.

Five weeks ago, Attar - with her Canada 150 Youth Pass on Via Rail - started a cross-country tour to learn more about the opioid crisis by visiting treatment centres and inner-city drug sites.

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20 CN AB: Kids Running Against DrugsSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Mabell, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:38 Added:08/05/2017

It will be a workout with a message.

On Aug. 16, children and teens will start their Kids Against Drugs run through the Blood Reserve.

The two-day event aims "to keep the momentum going for awareness, and to send a message that fentanyl and all drugs are not welcomed in the children's lives," says spokesperson Pamela Little Bear.

"Too many children, on and off reserves and in the general community are affected in a negative way with these drugs," she says.

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