The blond toddler pounced from the floor without warning and reached
for a toy deep within Savannah Woods' entertainment center.
She remained on the plush, beige carpet, her eyes following the
toddler through the room. In attempt to rein in the child's energy,
Woods called him back to her side and asked him to name a smiling
woman in the picture she held.
"Momma," the two-year-old said. The photograph captured Woods and her
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Leila Attar to discuss dangers of the drug with youth, parents
Leila Attar was unconscious on the floor of her Ottawa home when a
loud knock at her door shook her from a drug-induced blackout at 2
"It was non-stop
I thought it was the cops because of how loud it
was," she recalled.
It turned out to be a close friend coming to check on her because
Attar, now 19, had stopped responding to texts. Later, she would be
told by doctors that she was overdosing on fentanyl after taking pills
she thought were Percocet.
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Two Milwaukee men were charged Tuesday in connection with a shooting
on the city's northwest side that killed a teenager late last month.
[name redacted], 21, and [name redacted], 34, were charged with
first-degree reckless homicide, as party to a crime and use of a
dangerous weapon in a shooting that killed Ramsey Wheeler, 19, on June
A 21-year-old man who was injured during the shooting was identified
as Wheeler's brother in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
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This lethal drug makes a discussion urgent, writes Dr. Richard
The dangers of fentanyl as a frequently used mood-modifying,
recreational drug, on its own or laced into other opiates are
gradually becoming well known.
The substance has recently gained a reputation as the Grim Reaper of
illicit drugs. The number of deaths and near deaths originating with
fentanyl use is simply shocking. Surely parents must initiate a
serious discussion with their children and teens about this and other
drug use. In this case, talk is, arguably, the primary preventive measure.
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Fears legalization may 'normalize' use of marijuana
Teenagers who go from occasional pot smoking to weekly or daily use
are two-and-a-half times more likely to have recurrent psychotic-like
experiences, a new Montreal study says.
And with legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada less than a
year away, the study's senior author says governments are ill-prepared
for the fact that adolescents will interpret the policy change as
proof it's OK to smoke pot.
"Our data show that transitioning to daily or weekly use of cannabis
very significantly increases adolescents' risk of having more
exaggerated and more frequent psychotic-like experiences," Patricia
Conrod, a professor at the Universite de Montreal's psychiatry
department, said in an interview.
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Distributors say they don't want the headaches that come with
marketing to young Canadians
Cam Battley is a father to a Grade 9 son and 10-year-old daughter.
He's a scout leader of nine years and a soccer coach to both of his
kids. He's also the executive vice-president of one of Canada's
largest marijuana distributors.
As Canada prepares for the legalization of marijuana, he and others in
the industry have something they want you to know: they aren't
interested in selling to your children.
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A 13-year-old girl found dead over the weekend in Texas was abducted
as ransom for stolen marijuana, according to authorities.
Police said Shavon Randle was kidnapped Wednesday from a Lancaster
home after the boyfriend of one of her relatives stole about 22 pounds
of pot, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Soon after she was abducted, suspects allegedly called a relative from
a private number and told them, "Give us our sh-t back or we are going
to kill her."
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Re Canadian pot ads? Think beer ads. Then think again, Delacourt, June
With studies showing that young people smoking marijuana run a greatly
enhanced risk of seriously damaging their developing brains, I sure
hope columnist Susan Delacourt is correct and the Trudeau Liberals
won't flood Canadians with ads to increase pot sales.
What I find mind-boggling is that after governments spent billions on
negative tobacco ads, and many young people are now not taking up that
addictive and health-damaging habit, the Trudeau government is adding
a potentially even more damaging drug to the mix.
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Dianne McIntosh is continually alarmed by the teens who come into her
Vancouver office telling the psychiatrist that they use cannabis to
treat their mental-health issues because it's a natural - and harmless
- - substance.
"It's a natural product? So is tobacco, so is alcohol, these are all
natural products," Dr. McIntosh said. With the federal Liberal
government saying that cutting down on teen cannabis use is a core
reason it is pushing to legalize the drug next year, Dr. McIntosh and
a panel of three other experts are gathering in Richmond, B.C., on
Sunday to clear the air about the dangers young people face when using
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Health implications of marijuana policy are ignored, says Mitchell
Canada's Liberal government has stated that marijuana will be
decriminalized by July 2018. This means the removal or, at the least,
a lessening of laws and restrictions related to marijuana use and
associated pot services.
While people on both sides of the debate have strongly held and
differing opinions, the protection of youth is an area of agreement.
Marijuana has been illegal in Canada for close to 100 years. Marijuana
can't be produced, sold or even possessed. If caught, one faces fines,
jail time or both.
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I t was terrific to see leaders from Surrey RCMP and the Surrey School
District offer parents such common-sense advice this week about the
drug crisis afflicting our communities.
School Superintendent Jordan Tinney and Assistant Commissioner Dwayne
McDonald urged parents to talk to their kids about the extremely high
level of risk posed by street drugs these days and not to assume that
their little darlings aren't experimenting with them.
The warning came a few days after Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry
Kendall made a similar plea, noting that 19 B.C. teenagers have died
of overdoses since January 2016 and concerned that teenage drug use
may rise soon with year-end parties and summer concerts.
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Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an
age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country
pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year
The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible
rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver -
eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.
In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a
smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo
with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red
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In the ongoing battle to stem the heroin and opiate epidemic in
Maryland, the newest focus is a state law that mandates teaching
students in elementary schools through college about the dangers of
Public schools are tweaking drug-education lessons and colleges are
preparing sessions for incoming students to comply with the Start
Talking Maryland Act, which becomes law July 1.
The act, passed by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Larry Hogan
earlier this year, requires public schools to offer drug-education
that includes the dangers of heroin and opiates starting in elementary
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A federal civil rights lawsuit filed last week against a south Georgia
sheriff offers new details of the bizarre school-wide search of
hundreds of students where deputies allegedly touched girls' breasts,
vaginal areas and groped boys in their groins.
One of the nine Worth County High School students who filed the
lawsuit, identified as K.P., told the AJC that the April 14 search was
"very, very scary." She said the incident was stuck in her memory and
it colored the rest of her senior year.
The day of the search, she said, students didn't know what was
happening when an announcement was made early in the day that the
school was on lock-down.
Re: Legalizing weed will harm youth, warns CMA editorial, Brian Cross,
May 29 The Liberal federal government wants to bring the proposed
Cannabis Act (Bill C- 45) into force by July 2018 legalizing the use of
marijuana beginning at age 18. It is irresponsible, foolish and
dangerous for the government to condone the use of marijuana at the age
of 18 knowing the evidence indicates that the use of marijuana is
harmful to the still developing brain which, according to the CMA,
doesn't reach maturity until around age 25.
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Drug use among teens is nothing new. But street drugs are a bigger
threat than ever, because they can be laced with deadly substances.
The Spectator investigates what youth are using, and how to identify
A GIRL is hanging out with friends after school. One of them has
stolen a gram of marijuana from an older brother. They pass around a
pipe. It is her first time getting high. She is 14.
A 15- YEAR-OLD walks through the hall at school. He sees a classmate
selling cannabis-edibles out of a backpack and a friend making a
purchase. A GIRL is invited to meet up with friends behind her school.
Someone lights a joint and passes it to her. She is in Grade 7.
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High school students in North Bay are vaping marijuana juice and
crushed Oxycontin before and during school.
The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary
School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North
District School Board about vaping and its dangers.
Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what
their kids are doing.
"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are
vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which
is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."
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It's hard to imagine that a year has passed since May 21, 2016, when I
received the news that is every parent's worst nightmare. I was told
over the phone by the RCMP that my only child, Robby, had passed away
from an overdose.
He was only 24, and a week later we learned from the coroner that he
had died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Losing a child to an overdose is no different than losing a child to a
disease such as cancer, or to a vehicle accident, or violence. You
have joined a club that you never planned or wanted to be part of.
Suddenly, the empathy you have felt for other parents' losses over the
years has become a real and tangible thing in your own life.
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Motor-vehicle collisions kill more Canadians aged 16 to 25 than any
other cause. More than half of these deaths are related to the use of
drugs or alcohol.
For many young people, this statistic may seem far removed from their
day-today lives. For many parents, it may seem to represent something
that happens to other people's children.
But the research tells a different story, and our recent study out of
the University of Waterloo has found that almost half of Grade 11 and
12 students across Canada - representing 351,900 teens - reported
engaging in at least one alcohol-or marijuana-related driving or
passenger behaviours that may put them at risk.
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Author cites 'toxic' effect on developing brain
The interim editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association
Journal is pleading for the defeat of a federal government plan to
legalize marijuana, fearful youth will have easier access to a drug
that damages their developing brains.
"Simply put, cannabis should not be used by young people," Dr. Diane
Kelsall writes in an editorial published Monday in the journal. "It is
toxic to their cortical neuronal networks, with both functional and
structural changes seen in the brains of youth who use cannabis regularly."
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