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W5 investigates: Deadly epidemic follows illicit trade in pain killer fentanyl

CTV News —  It seems no family is guaranteed immunity from the appalling possibility that one of their members could die from an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid drug police and health care professionals are calling the most powerful and addictive drug to be ever seen on a Canadian street.

In its legally-prescribed form, fentanyl is used across Canada to control chronic pain in time-release patches. But in Western Canada, illicitly-made fentanyl pills, sold as fake OxyContin, are killing hundreds of people. More...

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Harper’s pot is ‘infinitely worse’ than tobacco assertion ‘misleading’ — health experts
A University of Waterloo researcher said on Saturday that Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s assertion that marijuana is worse that tobacco “misleading.”

Pot smokers protest

Toronto Star -- Public health experts are slamming Stephen Harper’s assertion that marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco, saying the remark has no basis in scientific fact.

The Conservative leader made the comment the morning after the final debate of the election campaign Friday night, during which he criticized Justin Trudeau’s proposal to legalize the drug. More...


Survey finds public disconnect in awareness of senior substance abuse

Shutterstockaddictionpro.com —An online survey commissioned by Caron Treatment Centers, which earlier this year developed a specialized treatment prorgam for seniors, finds gaps in adults' knowledge of substance use dangers for their aging parents.

According to the Harris Poll survey of more than 1,000 adults ages 35 to 50 with a living parent, step-parent or parent-in-law age 60 and older with whom they have regular contact, significant numbers of the younger adults don't recognize problems such as anxiety, sleep difficulties and recurring accidents as possible signs of substance abuse. This is the case despite the fact that 84% of adults in the survey stated they'd be able to recognize the symptoms of substance abuse in their parent. More...

ALSO: The Increasing Prevalence of Drug Problems among Seniors


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An uplifting Morning Thought: There Are Now Officially 70,000 Ways to Get Sick or Die

Durham bus driver charged with impaired after crash

This Is Your Brain On Drugs: How Drug Public Service Announcements Have Changed Over The Years

Illicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

Report: Man Uses Raccoon To Start Breathalyzer Equipped Car; Raccoon Then Attacks Driver

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This Is Your Brain On Drugs: How Drug Public Service Announcements Have Changed Over The Years

The history and effectiveness of anti-drug PSAs.

Dope Is For Dopes Don't Be A Dope!medicaldaily.com -- Public service announcements (PSAs) have been around since World War II, when the Ad Council began creating PSAs to inspire the general public into helping the war effort. Over time, however, PSAs changed by branching out into a myriad of subjects from global awareness and preventing forest fires to drunk driving. Many antidrug PSA’s have also come out over the years, dating back to the late 1930s with the release of the film Reefer Madness, which decried the use of marijuana. Antidrug PSAs have evolved over the years, however, so let’s take a look at what PSAs of the last 80 years have looked like and how effective they’ve been. More...

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Suicides, sects, murder and insanity:
The disturbing truth about the trendy 'spiritual' hallucinogenic brew being taken by gap year backpackers in the Amazon (and even in British sitting rooms)

The tea has been used for centuries by ancient Amazonian tribes in Brazil, Peru and Columbia whose shamans claim to use the psychedelic substance for healing and contacting the spirit world  

MailOnline It is the mind-bending brew which has brought backpackers and gap year students flocking to the jungles of South America in ever greater numbers.

Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drink made from vines, has been used in shamanic cleansing rituals for centuries - but has recently become a major tourist draw in the rainforests where it grows, where lodges and retreats offer it as an 'authentic' Amazon experience.

But there is no need to cross an ocean: it can be found here in the UK - offered at retreats and is being taken at parties in idyllic rural towns by people seeking enlightenment.

Driving while drugged now just as deadly as drunk driving

The Rx for DUI
CNN - Driving while under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is on the rise in the United States, and could be involved in a large number of fatal accidents, a new report finds.

The percentage of drivers who tested positive for marijuana or illegal drugs rose from 12.4% in 2007 to 15.1% in 2013 and 2014, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, an advocacy group that promotes traffic safety. The data came from voluntary roadside surveys by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which collected blood and saliva samples from drivers. More...

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1. First off, how did you get into radio? What attracted you to the medium?

I was a little kid who had CHUM on my radio all day and under my pillow at night growing up! All of my heroes were deejays on CHUM, and I was determined I was going to be one! Never did work at CHUM Toronto, although I was with the company off and on over 20 years in other Canadian markets. I got into radio at the University of Waterloo and the rest is history, I guess.

2. Your current radio gig is hosting "People Helping People," a show about addictions on CFRB every week, which you started way back in the CKLW days -- in recovery, you've become a certified addiction counselor and you're using it on the air. What compelled you to take your personal experiences and use them to help others in this manner? What drives you to pay it forward, in a manner of speaking?  More...
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