BC Drug and Alcohol Use: Who’s Using What in Our Province?
The most widely used substances as of late 2012 were tobacco, marijuana and alcohol
56% of recreational using adults take ecstasy (4th most used substance)
In Victoria, heroin and crystal meth use has increased since 2012
Cocaine use also increased, specifically among street youth and recreational using adults
Cocaine powder was used by 48% of street involved youth
Problem Gambling in British Columbia: It’s Getting Serious
The number of gambling addicts has risen exponentially in the past few years from 13,000 to 31,000 people
In the past 10 years (2002-2012) the annual gross gaming revenue has almost doubled, increasing from $1.14 billion to $2.06 billion
In 2012, BC distributed 0.5% of its gaming revenue to help those who have a gambling addiction; however, only a small percentage of people took advantage of the intervention initiatives
Help for Family
Do you have a loved one struggling with addiction and don’t know what to do?
What does it mean to “enable”, and how do you know if you’re guilty of it?
How do you remain peaceful throughout all of the chaos and pain?
Please read this helpful article by one of Teen Challenge’s founders, Dave Batty: “Enabling“
Resources for Adolescents
Do you have a young teen struggling with addiction and are not sure where to take them? Although we began by helping youth, here in Canada our program can only accept men and women 19 and up. Here are some local BC resources that can help your adolescent:
BC Alcohol & Drug 24 Hour Information Line
Referral Line: 1-800-663-1441
Mental Health: 1-800-661-2121
Lower Mainland: 604-660-9382