This isn’t a “Just Say No” campaign or scare tactics to “scare you straight”. This also isn’t me telling you what you should or shouldn’t do in your spare time. This is an opportunity to provide resources, become a little more knowledgeable, and continue the conversation. Hopefully this achieves just a little of that…
I recently wrote an article in the Revelstoke Review from a parent’s perspective on trying to balance it all – working, raising a family, and now on top of it all learning the facts vs myths about cannabis.
In this blog, I’ve compiled a list of reputable links and resources to help you stay informed and know the facts. Please bear with me as I list them… there are A LOT!
Toolkits for educators:
- Substance use tool kit for Teachers with tips for lesson plans, interactive websites, and resources. Put together by Interior Health.
- Sensible cannabis education: A toolkit for educating youth
- Health promoting schools newsletter from Interior Health
- Facilitator guide called “Cycles: Exploring Decision Making and Marijuana Use among Young People”
- A video sharing tips for what to look for with e-cigarettes and Juuling
Tools for parents:
- Tips for talking with kids, teens and young adult children about substance use put together by HealthLinkBC.
- A Guide for Parents on Cannabis Use & Youth from Here to Help BC which you can also view online.
- 5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis
Tools for friends:
- How to talk to someone about substance use put together by the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions.
Factsheets and Information:
- Vaping and youth factsheet
- Understanding Substance Use: a health promotion perspective
- Interior Health has a number of Substance Use resources on their website including a 2-page info sheet on cannabis
- Health Canada has a 5-page Consumer Information Sheet on cannabis and its effects
- Government of Canada Factsheet on the health effects of cannabis.
- Weed Myths
- The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), formerly CARBC, is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Read more about CISUR.
I share all of this with you because from what I’ve seen there is some misinformation and value-based judgements happening. And although some drugs may be “safe”, the drug experience can be very non-productive and costly in terms of becoming a fully participating adult. The impact of the drug experience can be particularly harmful for adolescents who are at a crisis period in their lives (or anyone at a crisis period). When you intrude regularly at this point with substances, the potential to solve these problems and of growing up by living them through and working them out is affected.
As a community to support each other, we need to understand the difference between dialogue and debate when having conversations about substances. When working through this with friends, family or with yourself, please try to remember the 3 fundamental elements of dialogue: Openness to others; Questions, not answers; and the concept of Possibilities.
Finally, nothing beats sitting down and having a conversation with someone, so a huge thank you to all of our fabulous Service Providers in town who, on a daily basis, make Revelstoke a safer and healthier place to live. A special thank you to those who provided resources and web links for this blog including: Lora Cruise with Mountain View Medical Centre, Jill Zacharias Social Development Coordinator with the City of Revelstoke, Julie Lowes Site Manager at Queen Victoria Hospital, Jo-Ann Scarcella Public Health Nurse, Stephanie Melnyk Victim Services, Nikki Lussier PAUSE facilitator, and Bertha Stone Addictions Counselor at Revelstoke Mental Health and Substance Use.