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
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
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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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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
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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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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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
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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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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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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
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
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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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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
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Bill C-45 proposes youths 12-18 can have up to five grams before
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
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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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
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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Londoners may have found way to reverse THC's psychiatric
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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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
Nottingham Coroners' Court heard staff found the "academically gifted"
student unresponsive in her room at the Hotel Marco Polo on Sept. 28,
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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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
The last time monthly teen marijuana use was this low was 1994,
according to the survey.
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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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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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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
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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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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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