The Drug Strategies Over The Years

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Canada has tried out different courses of drug strategies over the years. “In 1987, the Government of Canada launched a 5-year, $210 million dollar strategy, the National Drug Strategy, to address concerns related to drug abuse in Canada. Recognizing that a balanced approach was needed, the strategy addressed both the supply and the demand sides of the problem (Collin, 2006.)” There were 6 areas that were focused on and 3 of them are still in place today as part of the 4-pillar drug strategy. The 4 pillars are: (education and) prevention, treatment (and rehabilitation), enforcement (and control), as well as harm reduction. Of the funding that the education and prevention pillar receives, most of that money goes to programs such as ‘DARE’ which scientific studies have repeatedly shown fails to prevent or delay drug use. There are many approaches to education and prevention including: school programs; programs targeted at specifically high-risk population (e.g., community-based programs); mass media awareness campaigns; alternative activities and youth groups (e.g., recreational activities); family-based approaches; policy approaches (e.g., school policies on substance use and possession on school property); and health warning labels (Collin, 2006.) “Addiction is not simply a ‘disease,’ as the popular metaphor describes it, but a complex interaction of chemical, psychological and environmental factors (Gardner, 2005.)” Considering this statement we have to realize that
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