Johann Hari wanted to find out why people get addicted to drugs and ended up making some startling conclusions. Yet, not surprisingly, all the war on drugs policies countries have implemented have only increased the addiction problem. Addiction is more complex to solve than just hurting the people who use drugs.
What really causes . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Rethinking Addiction
On the campaign trail, Prime Minister Harper repeated assertions that relaxing pot laws will lead to terrible, horrible things: ““When you go down that route, marijuana becomes more readily available to children, more people become addicted to it and the health outcomes become worse.” The Conservative response is to escalate the “war on drugs,” even . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Pot: Decriminalize or Legalize?
A new theory based on some old research is that our drive to figure things out can be as addictive as doing drugs. If you’ve ever had to deal with a complex problem and found the solution you know that particular feeling of success.
it turns out that our brains react to learning new things . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Curiosity (and art) is Addictive
Our current federal government’s aversion to facts is now, unfortunately, well-established as a fact itself. Examples are legion, but I will just mention one.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose has assured Canadians that her government is a firm believer in science-based policy. Unfortunately, in a recent CBC interview she went about proving herself wrong. On the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Evidence for Democracy
It’s no secret that as a global society we are addicted to automobile use. It’s also no secret that cars are literally killing us (just starting the engine causes harm) and the way we have built cities to cater to drivers has damaged society from our health to our social well-being. But just knowing these . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Addiction Therapy Applied to Car Use
2015, we’re told, is the year the developed world (that’s us) and the emerging economies (China, India, etc., etc., etc.) will close ranks to formulate an effective plan of action to fight climate change. It’s going to be Kyoto on steroids, a true hallelujah moment, a meeting of minds, a global joining of hands, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Cult of Living Large
For years, I have engaged in a rather profitable side hobby: online poker. Poker is a fascinating game with layers upon layers of complexity, and I love the challenge, the excitement, and the competition of it. It is also very profitable, even for someone like me who doesn’t intend to move beyond small stakes. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The Morality of Online Poker
I’m not gonna lie… sometimes cleaning is better when drunk. Like, if you’re going to engage in something that you will hardly remember the next day- why not cleaning? Yes, […]
Canada’s Harper Government once again revealed the ugly side of its views this past week.
First up, we have the Harper Government axing the pittance that inmates are paid for their labour while in prison.
The government began deducting the money from prisoners’ paycheques as part of a move to recover costs under the federal government’s Deficit Reduction . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Conservatives: Punish, Punish, Punish
The American style “war on drugs” undoubtably ruins more lives than it saves (all while militarizing North American police forces), yet some people think that punishing drug users is sound policy. Research is continually adding more evidence that approaching drug consumption as a health issue and not a criminal one improves the lives of users . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: 15-Year Study: Stop Drug Use Through Harm Reduction
The other day I was on a conference call and we were discussing which tags and keywords should be included in a collaborative online database.
The terms “substance use” and “harm reduction” were both on the list. I suggested we add “addiction.”
Some other people on the call said that we don’t use . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: When words turn bad
At the harbour, outside my hotel
So…I went to Vancouver for a whirlwind business trip. I arrived Wednesday afternoon and left Friday morning. I was working most of the time, but I did have two more-or-less free evenings, so I did what I could to cram Vancouver in.
I hadn’t been there in . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: My visit to the seamy underbelly
Last night I attended a free session at our local mental health facility. It was called Getting the Low Down on Substance Use, and was presented by Michael Coughlin, a registered nurse with the Royal’s Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders program.
I was interested because I have a young friend who uses heroin. He . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: The lowdown on substance use
Once again, Dr. Tundra woke with a splitting headache, the feeling that he’d fallen asleep with a mouthful of half-masticated rat, and a pain in his lower back that could only be called apocalyptic. He opened his eyes; it felt … Continue reading →
. . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Dr. Tundra admits he has a problem
Last October, the Supreme Court ruled that Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site, could stay open despite the Harper Government’s objections. The arguments hinged on whether addiction was primarily a health issue or a crime issue. If it were a health matter it would fall under provincial jurisdiction; if it were a criminal code issue, . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Safe injection sites: Treating people with addictions like they matter
This hour protestors are gathering on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to show their opposition to the Alberta tar sands, and specifically the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that could be built from Alberta across the U.S. to carry tar sands bitumen to Texas … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Just Say No – It’s Time For Canada To Wean Itself Off Its Addiction to Tar Sands Crude