A survey which will be conducted by youth in the community may confirm that
hard drug useage is a problem for kids in the area.
Melita Caissie, an alcohol and drug counselor from the Nisha Family and
Children's Services Society Astra program, is conducting the assessment
with four local youth.
Youth will be helping with the survey over their spring break, asking kids
to fill out questionnaires at popular youth hang-outs in Maple Ridge and
"I think that youth will be more inclined to answer to youth," she said.
"There is the idea that there is no problem with youth using heroine,
cocaine and ecstasy, but preliminary results from the research show this is
not the case." Caissie said she works with youth on a regular basis and the
groups tell her the problem exists.
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An elderly man living across the street from the Hannah House, a centre for
recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, was lining up cement boulders along
his property line on Friday afternoon as supporters of the house piled in
through the front door.
The Innervisions rehabilitation house on Dunbar Street celebrated its
official opening at the beginning of February, but neighbours are presuming
the house is a problem starter and not solver.
Walter Sagorski, who lives across the street from the house, said he is
concerned about the property value of his home and pointed to the torn-up
grass on the lawn across the street. Parking and increased traffic on the
residential street are among the many concerns for the Maple Ridge homeowner.
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Schenectady International Inc. recently imposed a random drug testing
requirement for all workers.
The Fourth Amendment guarantees us that we have a right to privacy,
unless there is probable cause. Drug tests violate our constitutional
right to privacy and presumption of innocence.
The worker is forced to defend himself against a charge without any
evidence or suspicion. Workers are now treated as guilty until proven
innocent. While lower courts have established random drug tests as
unconstitutional for many state and federal agencies, unfortunately
the Constitution only protects citizens of the government and not of
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