At a time when governments are faced with developing strategies to deal with alcohol and drug abuse, it is critically important that decisions are based on facts and not on mythology or ideological stances. Slogans and selective use of data frequently masquerade as expert opinions whilst the voices of those profoundly disturbed by the effects of drug abuse are set aside by those who do not listen.
Elaine Walters started off by listening to these voices, by counselling parents and others when were disillusioned with the ‘establishment’ of experts. In order to further her knowledge and experience, she travelled abroad, assisted by a Churchill Fellowship, and consulted widely with internationally recognised researchers, treatment agencies, policy makers and the top echelons of the World Health Organisation.
This book focuses on the drug cannabis - its effects, its sociological and political dimensions and its relationship to other mind altering drugs. It is written to instruct both a lay readership and the scientific community. The author disseminates this information in a series of responses to common questions that are asked so that it serves two major purposes, to identify the controversial issues and to serve as a ready reference for those who have specific areas of interest. It is written in a lucid style and its contents have been deeply researched as indicated in the bibliography. It deserves to be widely read by all members of the adolescent and adult community, especially by those in positions of authority.
Author: Elaine Walters
Publisher: Elaine Walters (1993)
On Marijuana - A Powerful Examination Of What Marijuana Use Means For Our Children, Our Communities And Our Future Compiled
by Pamela McColl –
Foreword by David Frum and Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.
Marijuana use has adverse consequences on the health, well-being, and safety of both individual users and non-users. The evidence is clear that marijuana use places a heavy burden on social systems, taxes the economy, and places a heavy strain on public health care resources.
On Marijuana contains insightful, considered opinions from individuals who have dedicated themselves, and often their lengthy careers, to the study and better understanding of the implications, risks, and effects of using marijuana products. On Marijuana is a not for-profit publication. Any profits generated from sales will be used to distribute the publication to the public health sector.
“Voters and decision makers alike would do well to at least educate themselves first on the potential ramifications of a “pot-for-all” policy. This book will help them do that.” David Frum and Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.
Pamela McColl has been working in the field of publishing for two decades. In 2012 McColl published the first ever smoke-pipe-free edition of the famous holiday poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas—capturing global media attention including front page coverage in The National Post, and being the subject of a skit on the The Colbert Report (USA). The book garnered eight book awards. She is the author of Baby and Me Tobacco Free (2013). McColl is a director for Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada (SAM) and a board member on the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud. In the spring of 2015 McColl, representing SAM Canada, attended the annual meeting of The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) a commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Vienna (www.samcanada.net)..
Author Name: Pamela McCol
Title: On Marijuana
Publisher: Grafton and Scratch Publishers
“The foundation for all drug abuse prevention is knowledge—the hard facts about the dangers of drug use. The marijuana epidemic of the last two decade the U.S. can be traced directly to the lack of clear, relevant information about the health threat posed by marijuana. That has changed today. We have the facts, and they make a devastating indictment of that “harmless giggle”, pot.
“However, there is still a hurdle to clear; getting the information across to the people who need it. Now we have in this book what has been missing before. Peggy Mann, the nation’s finest drug abuse prevention author, has made the facts accessible in her historic Pot Safari. Here, we have, for the first time, engaging portraits of the researchers, their findings, and the intensely human values and concern that give urgency to their work. Pot Safari is for young people, for educators, and for parents. It is an important new element in the fight against drug dependence.”
Robert DuPont, M.D.
Founding Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse;
President of American Council for Drug Education, USA
Author: Peggy Mann
Publisher: Woodmere Press 1987
Some educators may not agree with Steve Biddulph eminent Australian psychologist, but in my view he makes a lot of common sense and outlines a number of important strategies about dealing with boys in their younger years which effects their decision making in their later years.
“A manifesto on addiction by a truth-telling psychiatrist who explodes conventional wisdom. With customary wit and literary forays into Coleridge and De Quincey, Dalrymple turns his raw experience into gems of clinical insight. Addicts are not passive, nor are they diseased; but they have managed, Dairymple argues, to seduce a vast treatment bureaucracy into regarding them as medical victims.”
- Sally Satel, M.D., author of PC M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine
“Theodore Dalrymple is a brilliant observer of both medicine and society, and Romancing Opiates wittily engages with two versions of the current nonsense: orthodox medicine on drug addiction, and romantic poets on the wisdom you supposedly enjoy from getting high.”
- Kenneth Minogue, professor emeritus at The London School of Economics and author of The Liberal Mind
Author: Theodore Dalrymple
Publisher: Encounter Books - 2006
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