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Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention
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Newsletter June 2017
Chair of the Board: Yvan De Baerdemaecker

News from the Board


Dear Members, prospective members and activists,
 
June is the last month of the Rotary year. This newsletter will be the last of 2016-2017.
It was a year of many meetings and a hard working job.
For the moment we try to enlarge our environment with new members and also new board members.
Also I want to insist to renew your membership. Our secretary Paul Smitz will remind you to do it next month.
 
Looking back we may say that the committee did a great job. However there are always projects to make and to end.
 
Following projects are not yet finished but are continuing in the right direction.
 
1.Global Grant Training program Addiction Prevention. We have received the confirmation of the 10th participation. RC Wetteren D1620 shall join the GG. The application form can be send to TRF this month.
 
2.Johan Maertens, our vice-chair, will be present at the conference of Atlanta next week in company of Guido Dutoict, our PR responsible and Dirk Schockaert, Honorary Founding President. Join us and give a hand at booth 2823 in the House of Friendship.
 
3.The film concerning addiction prevention programs is ready and already posted on YouTube with next link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTO3dZ8Gqu8
This film shows that addiction prevention is working within our community and should be applied all over the world.
 
4.The new formed committee Region Responsible (RR) has done a great job by creating an information sheet to be send to related Districts in all regions. We are expecting a great response on this project. Region responsible that have not yet taken action are demanded to proceed as soon as they can.
 
Let us all together try to prevent that our children are the victims of addiction in a world full of temptations, by educating them with all possible evidence based prevention programs..
 
Wishing you all further a nice summer season with beautiful holiday destinations.
 
Chair: Yvan De Baerdemaecker.

RAG AP present in Atlanta: booth 2823 House of Friendship

Letter from John Denolf, responsible for the coordination of the regions

First of all, allow me to introduce myself, your new contact as Regional Coordinators for RAG-AP. My name is Johan Denolf and I am Rotary member of Rotary District 1620 and past president (2012-2013) of my local Rotary Club Damme in Belgium. I am honored that the RAG-AP board designated me to follow up the RAG-AP project implementation in the Regions.

To have a view on what’s happening in your region about addiction prevention, we have created  a google-form in English that can be used all over the world. It isd also available on the website with this link: registration form.

If you are interested to work for the Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention in your broader regio, please contact Johan Denolf at ir@rag-ap.org.

Rotary District 7170 Receives Global Grant to Fight Opiate Epidemic in Southern Tier

 
(Binghamton, NY) Rotary District 7170 has received a Rotary Global Grant to provide aid in the fight against the opiate epidemic in seven counties in New York State.
 
Nineteen clubs from around the world teamed up to sponsor the grant request made to the Rotary Foundation. They included fourteen clubs in District 7170, one in Skaneateles, NY, two in India, one in Canada and one in Mexico.
 
The grant will enable the purchase of medical equipment and supplies for the expansion of the Addiction Center of Broome County, a private, not-profit corporation that provides outpatient treatment for those affected by chemical dependency.  It will also provide drop boxes throughout the district for used medication and fund a media campaign directed at at-risk individuals who need assistance. The grant will also provide peer training at The Teen Institute, a validated substance abuse training program. Six students and a counselor from each of fourteen area high schools will be chosen to attend.
 
The grant is the direct result of a discussion session held by Rotarians at their annual meeting last year. Over fifty Rotarians representing clubs and communities within the district attended. The discussion revealed significant disparities in general knowledge about substance abuse and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services among the communities of the district. 
 
As a result, a small core committee of district Rotarians and non-Rotarian professionals, with a variety of experiences and skills in substance abuse, were charged with designing a plan for grant submission.
 
“We’re very pleased that The Rotary Foundation has seen the need to fund this grant”, said Lana Rouff, District 7170 Grant Committee Chair. “This very much in keeping with the mission of Rotary. We’re very grateful to our international partners who have made
this possible. If we can help save but one life, we will have made a difference.”
 
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. It has given over $3 billion to programs in six focus areas and nearly eradicated Polio. Rotary Global Grants require partnerships between a host district and an international club.

Marijuana legislation in Canada SAM's (Smart Approach Marijuana) comment:



We are greatly disappointed that Canada used its precious time on the global stage to promote the legalization – and thus commercialization – of cannabis. This statement sent a powerful message from our government that profits come ahead of public health.

Not mentioned was the global call among scientists this week that cannabis harms should be widely publicized. This new call to action has been released from scientists around the world, reflecting “a growing consensus among experts that frequent cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis in vulnerable people and lead to a range of other medical and social problems. ” according to the The Guardian. It was reported that researchers now believe the evidence for harm is strong enough to issue  clear warnings. This is in line with a recent World Health Organization report on the harms of cannabis.

Legalizing cannabis creates the potential for broad scale development, manufacture, and marketing of marijuana products.

This dynamic becomes even more pernicious when coupled with the higher addiction rates among underage marijuana users. One of the best ways to develop and capture heavy users is to encourage use at the earliest age possible, when dependence is more likely to develop. This mirrors business strategy by the multi-billion-dollar tobacco industry

It is therefore no surprise that the marijuana industry is borrowing another page from the tobacco playbook by marketing colorful, kid-friendly edible marijuana products. These “edibles,” such as the ones shown below—including marijuana-laced candies, lollipops, gummy bears, and sodas—already account for roughly 50% of the Colorado marijuana market.

Additionally, these market dynamics explains the marijuana industry’s efforts to drive potency of its products as high as possible. As noted earlier, the average potency of smoked marijuana has increased at least six-fold since the 1960s (to around 14% in the US), with edibles and concentrates pushing the rate even higher, up to 95%. The industry has also opposed recent attempts to cap potency at 15% in Colorado.

And the effects of legalization in Colorado have been devastating  from a public health perspective. A report from the state of Colorado  released last month highlighted their immense challenges.

As a network of more than 300 NGOs have said last month at the UN, we need to prevent, not promote, drug use and addiction. Instead of promoting the use of a dangerous drug, this is what should have been Canada’s theme too.

 Discussion Group
 

The Rotarian action Group Addiction Prevention coordinates a Rotary International discussion group Addiction Prevention. You can join the group via www.rotary.org , my rotary, exchange ideas, discussion group.
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