Harm Reduction is a difficult topic to explain to people: parents, educators, lawmakers don’t always understand why I can be satisfied with a youth lowering their drug use when they really need to stop their drug use. Harm reduction can sound like a clinician is giving in – the second to last step before giving …

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This book by Marne Venture, a well-known children’s author and blogger, is one of the Pros and Cons series of books put out by Focus Readers. Published in 2018, this book has the advantage of being recent and much of the information it contains is as up to date as it can be, given how …

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Last Thursday evening I gave a talk on cannabis at my university for Brain Health Awareness Week. I had an opportunity to speak alongside two colleagues – both distinguished researchers, while I am a clinician. My work is with patients and while I facilitate research as much as I can, it is not my strength. …

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Since I’ve been reading about vaping, my patients have been expressing concern that I’m asking them as much about physical symptoms related to lung disease as I am about mental health. Last week, one regular patient quipped, “Hey, Dr. Beck, if I had problems breathing, my Dad would have me at the family doctor before …

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