Category: Public Policy

COVID-19 | Public Policy

COVID-19 is an Opportunity to Address the Pandemic of Loneliness

Sometimes Emotional Support is Not Enough Today I received a call from a woman (I will call her “Barb”) who said her husband “Steve” needed addiction treatment. Barb explained that Steve had checked into a

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COVID-19 | Public Policy

A Tale of Two Public Health Emergencies: A Comparison of the Opioid Overdose Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic As someone who works in addiction treatment, I am saddened by our political leaders’ ongoing lack of urgency in response to the opioid overdose crisis. Canada’s other public health emergency,

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Drug & Alcohol Education | Drug Prevention | Public Policy

Banning Substances Won’t Curb Addiction

A combination of historical and cultural factors has brought us to the position that American and Canadian societies are in today regarding addiction, education, and healthcare. Influences from dominant religious groups (such as Protestantism) and

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Treatment Help | Public Policy | Stigmatization

How Insite Can Benefit by Switching to “Abstinence-Friendly” Treatment

Since Insite, North America’s only medically supervised safe injection facility, opened in 2003 in the DTES of Vancouver, BC several published peer-reviewed studies have concluded that the facility’s harm-reduction strategies are effective in reducing HIV

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Addiction Research & Theories | Public Policy

Prohibiting E-Cigarettes Won’t Solve our Struggles with Dependency & Addiction

In the last few years, a product known as the e-cigarette has received high amounts of publicity. This product, also sometimes called a personal vaporizer, was a battery-powered piece of equipment that produces a vapor from

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Public Policy

Indifference, not Harm Reduction, is the Real Culprit in Cuts to Treatment

A Vancouver Province article, Harm Reduction Just Keeps Addicts Enslaved, blames harm reduction for cuts in funding to treatment. It’s the classic harm reduction vs. abstinence debate. Was harm reduction responsible for the recent closure of

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Addiction Treatment Help | Mental Health | Public Policy

JFK, Deinstitutionalization and It’s Impact on the Mentally Ill and Addicted

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) speech, Special Message on Mental Illness and Mental Retardation. Being a longtime admirer of all things Kennedy, I decided to read through the 14-page speech,

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Gambling | Public Policy | Responsibility

Let’s Have Some Compassion for the Problem Gambler

“In gambling, the many must lose in order that the few may win.” ~ George Bernard Shaw I remember a time when gambling in Canada meant going to the track or sitting in some smoke-filled

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Alcohol | Alcohol Policy | In the News | Prevention | Public Policy

The Many Harms Associated With Alcohol

In this article, Daniel Jordan, highlights the need for better alcohol prevention efforts that focus on accidental harm or alcohol-related violence.

Alcohol Policy | Exploring Addiction | Leading Experts | Public Policy

New Report on Alcohol Policy in British Columbia Shows Drinking on the Rise

By Daniel Jordan, General Manager A new report issued by the Provincial Health Officer, PRW Kendall, reveals some troubling statistics on drinking in British Columbia. Interestingly, this December 2008 report, Public Health Approach to Alcohol Policy:

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Exploring Addiction | Public Policy

The Next Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement: Mental Illness and Addictions

Daniel Jordan, General Manager, reflects on society’s progress in equality for women and people of colour and suggests that the next civil rights movement may be the struggle for those with mental illness or addictions.

Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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