Monday, November 13, 2017

JUST A REMINDER - MORE LIKE A BIG BOOT IN THE BUTT

ODD SQUAD GALA & CONFERENCE

THE ODD SQUAD has been in business for 20 years now re-directing kids at risk into productive, creative and clean and sober lives.

The Society's 20th Anniversary Gala includes a huge conference with a galaxy of powerful and informed speakers.

The BIG EVENT is Friday, December 1st. Be there or be square.

Please go to their website and click on the EVENTS tab to get the full story.

More importantly, get some tickets and help support a great local group of dedicated police officers, both active and retired, who have been nationally recognized for extraordinary commitment to their community.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A WELCOME VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

Open Letter Re: defeat Bill C.45 on the grounds of violations of human rights.

Dear MPs of the Parliament of Canada and Members of the Canadian Senate.

As you know, the impending approval of marijuana for non-medical use is controversial, as based on the marked increase in car accidents, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations in Colorado after recreational cannabis approval.



In addition many Canadians, organizations and corporate entities are against the legalization of marijuana. The vast majority of the electorate continue to not use marijuana and do not support more marijuana use in their society. The reasons for this wide disapproval are as follows:

Marijuana is a serious threat to the physical and mental health of Canadians and its use is a major threat to public safety. 1 Marijuana use is strongly associated with the onset of psychiatric disorders. 2 Mental illness causes crime, homelessness, enormous societal costs and suffering.  Marijuana use has also been linked to mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. 3 Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse and use disorders. 4

In 2017, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded after a review of over 10,000 peer-reviewed academic articles, that marijuana use is connected to many problems including: respiratory problems; mental health issues (like psychosis, social anxiety, and thoughts of suicide); increased risk of car accidents; progression to and dependence on other drugs; learning, memory, and attention loss (possibly permanent in some cases); and low birth weight. 5

Health Canada acknowledges the science the substantiates the risk that marijuana products pose to reproductive health and state these products should not be used if a woman is pregnant, is planning to get pregnant, or is breast-feeding, and should not be used by a man who wishes to start a family, are under the age of 25. 6

It is requested of the federal government that a Child Rights Impact Assessment be undertaken to determine conformity of Bill C45 with the UN- Rights of the Child Treaty. A key aspect of this analysis should be widespread consultation with children and youth, pursuant to Article 12 of the UNCRC. If such an assessment determines the proposed legalization framework violates the terms of this important human rights treaty, under which both the federal and provincial governments are legally bound, all elected members of Parliament must be guided to defeat Bill C-45 on the grounds and basis of human rights violations. 7

Canada cannot function if a large percentage of its population is addicted or mentally ill or mentally impaired due to marijuana use. A Canadian’s right to security under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms must not be ignored and this extends to every Canadians right to protection from drugged drivers as well as protection from second-hand marijuana smoke.. Therefore, all elected officials with a sworn duty to protect the interests of all Canadians must in the strongest possible terms accept their duty of care in regards determining the viability and legality of the proposed legislation of Bill-C-45.

Sincerely,
Pamela McColl – www.preventdontpromote.org – Canada

References

1. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, November, 2016, Chapters One and two and Appendix D pp.65-66 at:
https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf

2. American Psychiatric Association, Position Statement on Marijuana as Medicine, paragraph 1 found at: https://www.psychiatry.org/home/policy-finder

3. “Is Marijuana Addictive?” DrugFacts: Marijuana, (June 2015), at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana - citing: Hasin DS, Saha TD, Kerridge BT, et al. Prevalence of Marijuana Use Disorders in the United States Between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(12):1235-1242.  doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1858.

4.https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2017/09/marijuana-use-associated-increased-risk-prescription-opioid-misuse-use-disorders

5. Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research


6.https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-use-marijuana/licensed-producers/consumer-information-cannabis-marihuana-marijuana.html


7. http://www.cyanb.ca/images/NBOCYA_Submission_to_Select_Committee_on_Cannabis.pdf

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

POT DRINKS AT A SHOP NEAR YOU SOON

The only way to truly follow the trajectory of drug marketing is to read the financial news. The old adage of "Follow the money" is as reliable as it has always been.

Reprinted in this morning's Vancouver Sun, the Financial Post shrieks with glee that a major American beer and wine company has just paid a small fortune for a significant share of a Canadian marijuana firm. The writers call this 'a bold move.'

The next investors in our burgeoning marijuana industry are Big Tobacco and Big Pharma. It only makes sense, doesn't it? Aren't we just kicking ourselves for not getting on the hay ride earlier, you know, like so many of our former politicians did.

Oh well, for those of us in the recovery business, I guess we'll have our hands full and we'll be busy and making scads of money too. Ain't life grand? And it's going to be so much fun working with addicted eight year old children. I guess recess will be mandated for all residential programs. And maybe reading and writing and arithmetic. I can see it now. Provincial governments will all have a new department called Mental Health, Addictions and Education. Tidy.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

TELL IT TO SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T CARE

An excellent op-ed piece is headlining in the Vancouver Sun today. It is written by Dr. Jessica Ross and it appeared originally in the National Post under a different title.

This morning, in the Sun, the item is called "Kids must be told the full story on pot's health risks."


It is a great read full of both professional and home truths. And the basic advice in the title is appropriate.

But here's another another suggestion about to whom we might tell the full pot story.

We could tell a former Premier, Attorney General and Health Minister of the Province of British Columbia all of whom have major interests in private "medical" marijuana companies.

We can all hardly wait until we are elected to public office so we can retire as soon as possible and become dope dealers  to children of 8 and 9.

Friday, October 20, 2017

ODD SQUAD GALA & CONFERENCE

THE ODD SQUAD has been in business for 20 years now re-directing kids at risk into productive, creative and clean and sober lives.

The Society's 20th Anniversary Gala includes a huge conference with a galaxy of powerful and informed speakers.

The BIG EVENT is Friday, December 1st. Be there or be square.

Please go to their website and click on the EVENTS tab to get the full story.

More importantly, get some tickets and help support a great local group of dedicated police officers, both active and retired, who have been nationally recognized for extraordinary commitment to their community.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

BIG PHARMA - BIGGEST DOPE DEALERS OF ALL TIME

Nicholas Kristof authors a blistering op-ed in The New York Times today. The piece is titled, "Drug Dealers in Lab Coats."

The sheer numbers (profits, bribes, deaths) are staggering and the malfeasance  and lack of public or political corrective action is sickening. 

The article is an excellent follow-up to the work of the Washington Post and "60 Minutes."

Canada is no different.

We scurry to revive overdose victims on the street. That's a good thing. But we offer them no hope for treatment, recovery and a sober life and we would never dare to sue pharmaceutical corporations, or pharmacists or doctors. My goodness no. But that is exactly what some folks are now doing south of the border.

Attention must be paid.