Tag: drug addiction

Gerry Bowler: What the Addictions Minister Gets Wrong About Harm Reduction

Commentary Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of mental health and addictions, recently announced a change to Canada’s policies on illegal drug use. As of Jan. 1, 2023, a three-year experimental period will be inaugurated in British Columbia whereby small quantities of substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA (ecstasy) will be allowed for personal use….


Theodore Dalrymple: BC Drug Decriminalization: The ‘If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Join ’Em’ Approach Is No Solution to Drug Abuse

Commentary In the face of bad behaviour, our societies have increasingly one response: retreat, appeasement, and surrender. In California, for example, shoplifting has been all but legalized. Think of the advantages: the police time saved, the young people unstigmatized by a criminal record, the economic redistribution in an unequal society, the racial justice furthered (insofar…


‘Know There’s Hope’: Addiction Recovery Program Helps Man Find Faith, Restore His Life

At his 25th wedding anniversary, Winnipegger Randy Makinson thought he had it all: a long happy marriage, the joys of children, and a well-paying job fixing race car engines. But soon his wife left him, sending him into a spiral of loneliness and drug addiction that cost him his job and nearly his life. The good…


Audio Files Being Consumed as ‘Digital Drugs’: Study

A study on the Global Drug Survey 2021 has raised questions on the phenomenon of binaural beats in audio files being consumed as “digital drugs” capable of “eliciting mental and emotional responses” akin to psychoactive drugs. “We’re starting to see digital experiences defined as drugs, but they could also be seen as complementary practices alongside…


Tyler Texas Establishes ‘Precedent Setting’ Program in Approach to the Homeless

Homeless issues in Tyler, Texas, are not expected to be eradicated, said the city’s mayor and a police sergeant on Feb. 24, to The Epoch Times. But there is the expectation that Tyler’s homeless problem can be “mitigated, managed, and controlled,” given the right focus and proper distribution of available resources. Civic leaders and police…


Mothers Oppose Alleged Open Drug Use in San Francisco’s New Linkage Center

SAN FRANCISCO—A small group of women stood together in front of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Linkage Center near the United Nations Plaza at Civic Center on Feb. 5 to express their opposition to the alleged open-air drug use taking place at the center. Holding a chain and posters with photos of young adults, the group, Mothers…


DOJ Cracks Down on Fraudulent Addiction Treatment Facilities in Orange County

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Ten substance abuse facility owners and patient recruiters in Orange County were criminally charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Dec. 16, for kickback schemes involving exploiting addiction patients seeking help. For 10 months, The Sober Homes Initiative in Southern California, an anti-fraud initiative led by the DOJ’s Health Care Fraud Unit…


Soledad Ursua: Drug Addiction, Crime, and Mental Illness—The Tragedy Unfolding on America’s Streets

“Experts keep saying … it’s a housing crisis. But we see it every day with our own eyes. When you see somebody who is passed out in their vomit or someone who is covered in feces and urine—and there are needles and there’s filth on the streets—that’s not poverty. That’s mental illness. And that’s drug…


Mission Offers Help for the Suffering on Skid Row

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Rev. Troy Vaughn knows firsthand the plight of the homeless on Skid Row. Once homeless himself in the early 1990s, he now gazes out the window of his executive office from the top floor of the Los Angeles Mission. The mentally ill, drug addicted, economically disadvantaged, and victims of trauma wander outside the mission. One middle-aged man sits in a wheelchair, crack…


Welding Lives Back Together One at a Time

For Rolling Hills Covenant Church Outreach Pastor Steve Bunyard, helping those whose lives have taken a wrong turn means more than just enabling survival for the down and out. It means guiding them to a stable future by teaching them to provide for themselves. Bunyard initially struggled with how to help rehabilitate those wanting to change their lives. He said he believed that providing dignity through a skilled trade could…