Opioids on campus: What are Canada’s post-secondary institutions doing to keep you safe?

Post-secondary students, many who have moved away from home for the first time, have the potential to face all kinds of hazards and dangers. While young adults have been known to experiment with drugs and alcohol while attending school, recent research reveals they are now at greater risk of hospitalization due to opioid overdoses. This means Canadian post-secondary institutions are now tasked with the balancing-act of educating students, while also doing their best to keep them safe from life-threatening drugs. According to a 2016 report co-authored by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 13 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose on an average day in Canada in 2014-15. The report also found […]

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U of A mental health grant renewal uncertain

In the wake of a suicide last month at the University of Alberta (U of A), students are expressing concern about the possibility of losing critical mental health funding. U of A received a $1 million grant from the Alberta government each year over a three-year period that has gone to hiring additional mental health counselors. With the grant set to expire next April, the Alberta New Democratic Party government has not said whether it will be renewed. Navneet Khinda, president of U of A’s student union, said if the grant is not renewed, the university would have to find money elsewhere to support its mental health services. She said the worst-case scenario would be some of the clinical resources […]

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