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Maia Szalavitz, July 19, 2016

"To try to help sort fact from fiction, I’ve put together an evidence-based guide about what the science of opioid addiction recommends for people trying to help a loved one suffering from addiction. This guide is based on the best research data available in the addictions field right now: systematic reviews, clinical trials of medications and talk therapies, and large collections of real-world data from many countries — all using the highest level of evidence available, based on the standards of evidence-based medicine."

Kendal Patterson, Huffington Post, September 10, 2011

The tough love culture manifests itself through criminal sanctions against drug use, and also plays out in kitchens and living rooms. Yet no matter how tough the law has been, and no matter how tough people get (partly from copying what they see on TV), the approach has not served us well. Here, I offer a remedy for tough love: enabling.

 Women’s Day, July 1, 2016

"The message I sent by giving him naloxone and instructing him on how to prevent an overdose wasn't permission to get high, but to stay safe and alive."

Elements Behavioural Health, October 29, 2015

Losing a loved one to substance use brings a special kind of pain, Denise explained. “We call it disenfranchised grief. It’s grief that is not accepted by society.” That’s because addiction is still written off by many as self-indulgence, a lack of willpower, or a moral failing. As a result, instead of getting the support and sympathy so helpful in dealing with loss, those left behind after a drug-related death often find themselves adrift, isolated and judged.

Patricia Byrne, Personal Blog, July 10, 2016
Part of the problem is that we just didn’t know. We didn’t know to say, ‘stay away from OxyContin kids, because it will lead to heroin’. We knew to say, ‘don’t drink – alcoholism runs in your family – but if you make poor decisions, don’t compound them by driving. Call us, stay where you are’. We knew to say, ‘Don’t have sex, you’re too young, but if you do, wear protection. If you get a girl pregnant, please come to us, we will work through this together’.

Derek Rosenfeld, Drug Policy Alliance, June 17, 2016

Former President Richard Nixon officially declared a “war on drugs” 45 years ago today. His primary motivation was to go after anti-war protesters and black people.

CBC Radio Quirks & Quarks, November, 2016 

Fentanyl addiction affects people from all walks of life. Quirks & Quarks interviewed two men - one still uses but is trying to quit, and the other is a former addict. You can hear some of their story below, and read Dr. David Juurlink's breakdown of what's happening in the brain and body as they react to the potent drug.

Mosaic Science, January 17, 2017

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening
In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit.

WNYC, Apr 14, 2017
The origins of the seemingly eternal War on Drugs can be traced back to one man: Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Beginning in 1930s, when America’s attitudes on opioids, cocaine, and marijuana were less vitriolic, Anslinger argued for total drug prohibition and severe punishment for offenders.

Brooke speaks with Alexandra Chasin, author of Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs, about how Anslinger’s racist propaganda helped outlaw pot and influenced future drug policy; and Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, who tells the story of Anslinger’s ruthless pursuit of jazz singer Billie Holiday for her heroin use.

The purpose of this guide is to help federally-regulated employers address substance dependence in the workplace in a way that is in harmony with human rights legislation. This guide outlines the rights and responsibilities of the employee, job applicants, the employer, unions and/or employee representatives.