Below are past articles previously published in Drugs & Addiction Magazine. These are filled with current and relevant information and statistics and can be used as great conversation starters with youth.
It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day!January 30, 2019
Former Insys CEO pleads guilty to opioid kickback schemeJanuary 17, 2019
Resolve to Detox Your Social CircleJanuary 16, 2019
Easing test anxiety boosts low-income students’ biology gradesJanuary 15, 2019
Craving insight into addictionJanuary 14, 2019
People with low self-esteem tend to seek support in ways that backfire, study findsJanuary 10, 2019
Ban on cigarette sales in NYC pharmacies starts Jan. 1January 9, 2019
Too many problems? Maybe coping isn’t the answerJanuary 8, 2019
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14January 3, 2019
Sexting TeensDecember 19, 2018
Screen Addiction: Today’s Biggest Threat to Schooling?December 19, 2018
Texting Etiquette & Safety: 5 Rules for Keeping Your Kids & Teens Secure & Drama-FreeDecember 17, 2018
Amnesty International: Indigenous Peoples’ rightsDecember 17, 2018
New Canadians sworn in as Winnipeg museum celebrates International Human Rights DayDecember 13, 2018
Statement by the Prime Minister on Human Rights DayDecember 12, 2018
Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirmsDecember 12, 2018
The Illustrated Version of the Universal Declaration of Human RightsDecember 11, 2018
Homeless man with terminal cancer donates to holiday toy driveDecember 10, 2018
Boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball fight banDecember 6, 2018
Fortnite addiction is forcing kids into video game rehabDecember 5, 2018
Clarity on CannabisDecember 4, 2018
Mental health education recommended for RCMP members following inquestNovember 30, 2018
Social Media – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based ViolenceNovember 28, 2018
Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based ViolenceNovember 27, 2018
#GIVINGTUESDAY TODAY ONLY YOUR GIFT CAN BE MATCHEDNovember 27, 2018
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based ViolenceNovember 26, 2018
#ENDViolence in schoolsNovember 23, 2018
Statement by Minister MacLeod on National Child DayNovember 22, 2018
November 20th marks National Children’s Day across CanadaNovember 21, 2018
National Child DayNovember 20, 2018
Facts & FiguresNovember 16, 2018
The Push For Change®November 15, 2018
Winter Giving 101November 14, 2018
First came the stroke, then the inspiration…November 13, 2018
Canadian Youth Speakers Bureau: Scott HammellNovember 9, 2018
John Connors’ brilliant IFTA Award speechNovember 9, 2018
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help PhoneNovember 8, 2018
This teen pizzeria employee traveled 3 hours to deliver pizza to a man with terminal cancerNovember 6, 2018
Video captures joyful law student’s reaction to passing her bar examNovember 5, 2018
MADD Canada launches annual red ribbon campaign in HalifaxNovember 2, 2018
Nova Scotia’s Health Department says talks underway for province’s first overdose prevention siteOctober 31, 2018
Crystal meth eclipsing opioids on the Prairies: ‘There’s no lack of meth on the street’October 29, 2018
Opioids Don’t Discriminate: An Interactive Experience.October 26, 2018
Guelph police warn drug users of spike in purple fentanylOctober 25, 2018
What exactly are you inhaling when you vape?October 23, 2018
Study ADHD Medication OverdosesJune 14, 2018
A Cry for GuidanceJanuary 18, 2018
Your Friend’s Substance AbuseSeptember 15, 2017
DepressionSeptember 15, 2017
MethamphetaminesSeptember 15, 2017
AlcoholSeptember 15, 2017
25 Healthy Ways to Feel BetterSeptember 15, 2017
More teens in Sask. are smokers than in any other province: Health Canada surveyNovember 5, 2018
Province needs to do more to curb youth smoking: health policy analyst
Saskatchewan teens are smoking almost three times more than their peers in other provinces, according to newly released numbers.
Health Canada’s 2017 Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs Survey found that 21.9 per cent of youth aged 15 to 19 identified as tobacco smokers, compared to a national rate of 7.9 per cent.
“Nationally, the rate has continued to fall and has continued to fall among other provinces and ours has remained stubbornly high,” said Donna Pasiechnik, who is a health policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society in Regina.
The concern, she said, is about youth smokers turning into lifelong addicts with lifelong health complications. Pasiechnik said Saskatchewan has fallen behind other provinces and needs to do more to help cut back tobacco consumption.
“We pull in nearly $300 million a year in tobacco taxes. We don’t spend anything to help people quit or or stop people from starting,” she said.
Pasiechnik said she has worked in tobacco control for 15 years and is frustrated because health groups continue to ask for change to no avail.
“It’s a concern, of course, because if we don’t control tobacco we will not control cancer. It’s disheartening,” she said.
Pasiechnik said simple measures such as banning smoking at all playgrounds and on hospital grounds can make a difference. She said seven other provinces have banned smoking on all outdoor bar patios.
A ban on all flavoured tobacco and requiring retail licenses could also help control tobacco, she said.
She questioned why people need a license to sell cannabis but not tobacco, which she called “the deadliest consumer product on the market.”
Furthermore, she suggested the sale of tobacco be banned at post-secondary institutions and sporting facilities.
“We cannot do this alone. Municipalities have stepped up. The federal government has stepped up. It’s time for the Saskatchewan government to step up,” she said.
Pasiechnik said higher tobacco taxes would be one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking, but that past recommendations to the province have fallen on deaf ears.
“I don’t know who’s in their ear, but it’s certainly not us, because it’s not just the Cancer Society calling for this. Doctors have called [for it], the Lung Association, the Saskatchewan Coalition for Tobacco Reductions,” she said.
“In a province where we’re trying to grapple with rising health care costs, why are we not taking this problem more seriously?”
Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter said the province already has “very high taxes on tobacco,” but that tax rates will be reviewed with this year’s upcoming budget, as they are every year.
Reiter said he would like to meet with members from the Cancer Society to hear their “perspective” on the issue.
“We’re extremely concerned if rates are going in the wrong direction,” he said. “We don’t want people to be smoking. Its a huge drain on health care and it causes tragedy in families everywhere.”