Popping pills: Do study drugs actually affect academic performance?

Leaving things to the last minute requires solid concentration skills to get everything done, and popping pills or guzzling caffeine and energy drinks to finish that essay is a common narrative among students. Coffee, energy drinks, and drugs that treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), like Adderall, are what the scientific community call “stimulants”— substances that excite and speed up the brain to increase alertness, attention, and energy, according to Health Canada. But should students rely on stimulants to help them study, and do they actually impact academic performance? Why do students use study drugs? Charlotte Halliday, a third-year psychology student at Carleton University, said she uses caffeine and Adderall to help combat the anxiety of completing last-minute assignments and […]

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44 per cent of young adults in Ottawa are heavy drinkers: Ottawa Public Health

A report published by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) this month suggests young adults in Ottawa are most likely to exceed suggested alcohol consumption limits compared to the rest of the population, and heavy drinking in general is on the rise. Forty-four per cent of aged 19-24 reported heavy drinking in the previous year. The report defined heavy drinking as consuming more than four drinks for females or five drinks for males in one occasion once a month or more. Only 22 per cent of 25-44 year-olds in the city reported heavy drinking. The report, titled “Let’s Continue the Conversation,” features personal stories of people in Ottawa who have been affected by alcohol use, and who responded to an earlier OPH […]

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Toxic algae found in Rideau Canal

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recently issued a warning to people living around the Rideau Canal, after a recent test of the canal found toxic algae blooming in the water. Blue-green algae, sometimes called cyanobacteria, is a highly toxic type of algae that is harmful to ingest or touch, according to OPH. After the algae was found on Sept. 6, the public health agency issued a warning to avoid swimming in the water, touching it, or eating fish from the canal. Jesse Vermaire, a professor at Carleton who specializes in aquatic ecology, said in an email that the bacteria in the water was likely caused by the hot summer Ottawa had. He said that a bloom of bacteria only occurs when […]

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Legal age for smoking pot should be 21: Canadian Medical Association

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has recommended the legal age of consumption to be 21-years-old, with certain restrictions on quantity and potency until the age of 25. The CMA submitted a list of recommendations to the task force on marijuana legalization and regulation on Aug. 29—which is based off of its experience regulating alcohol and tobacco. Annick Losier, CMA director of communications, said in an email the task force was organized because of the belief that legalization is for the public good. The CMA recommendations include putting a limit on how much marijuana a person can buy, creating a “phase-in” period or pilot projects to prepare for legalization, and prohibiting marketing and […]

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City bans hookah smoke in public areas

Ottawa city council voted to ban water pipes in public places Aug. 31 in an effort to discourage smoking. The new regulations will ban the use of water pipes, also known as hookahs, in public areas where smoking of tobacco is already prohibited, according to a release from the city. It means hookah smokers will no longer be able to light up on outdoor restaurant and bar patios. The city said the updated regulations are “designed to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure, prevent youth initiation of water pipe smoking and de-normalize smoking behaviour among youth and young adults.” Starting Dec. 1, by-law officers will issue “courtesy warnings” to people who break the new rules, according to the release. After […]

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