Unspoken risks of cannabis useThe Irish Times 20 May 2019Sir, – There is currently a great deal of one-sided discussion about cannabis. This discussion has been driven by two separate debates. First, there is the argument in favour of legalising cannabis for medicinal use. Second, there is the argument criticising the use of criminal sanctions to deter people from using cannabis.Most of the people taking part in these discussions are sincere and well-intentioned. However, as doctors, we are concerned that Ireland is being led down the path of cannabis legalisation. We are opposed to such a move as we strongly feel that it would be bad for Ireland, especially for the mental and physical health of our young people.We are extremely concerned about the increasing health-related problems caused by cannabis across Ireland. There are several reasons for our concern.Cannabis use, especially in adolescent years, is associated with increased risk of development of severe mental disorders particularly psychosis.There is growing scientific data that indicates that cannabis use in young people is related to impairments to memory and thinking, which can endure long after cannabis use has ceased.Cannabis is now the most common drug involved in new treatment episodes at addiction services nationally.Cannabis is also the most common substance involved in drug-related admissions to our psychiatric hospitals.Cannabis smoke contains the same cocktails of carcinogens and toxins as tobacco smoke and therefore it must be assumed that it brings with it all the medical risks associated with smoking cigarettes.In our view there has been a gross failure to communicate to the people of Ireland these harms which are being caused by cannabis. Responsibility for this failure lies partly with the medical profession but also with the Department of Health and the HSE.We are also concerned that these debates have been influenced by those with a legalisation agenda. We recognise that there is a difference between decriminalisation and legalisation, but it worries us that many TDs seem unaware of these distinctions.While there is limited evidence that some products containing cannabinoids have medical benefit in a very small number of conditions, this has, in our view, been grossly distorted to imply that the cannabis plant in its entirety can be considered a “medicine”. Decriminalisation and “medical cannabis” campaigns have proven to be effective “Trojan horse” strategies on the road to full legalisation and commercialisation elsewhere such as the United States and Canada.Both debates have provided an effective platform for the spreading of misinformation to the public, who are being kept in the dark regarding the harmful side to “weed”. Those harmful effects are magnified now with the prevalence of a much more potent form of cannabis than the form which was common in the 1980s and 1990s. There is evidence that cannabis use has increased in the context of this propaganda campaign and the proportion of people in Ireland who see it as harmless has doubled from 10.1 per cent (2011) to 19.5 per cent (2015).The medical bodies in Canada finally spoke up regarding their concerns about cannabis policy on the eve of its recent legalisation in that country, but that was too late for the youth of Canada. We are determined not to make the same mistake in Ireland.We are calling for an urgent and unbiased examination of the evidence about cannabis use and cannabis-related health harms in Ireland and a comprehensive public education campaign. We hope that we can work with the Department of Health and the HSE to address this “ignored” crisis and minimise further harm to the youth of Ireland. – Yours, etc,https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/unspoken-risks-of-cannabis-use-1.3896017Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jo Adell’s line-drive, opposite-field homer in Thursday’s intrasquad game impressed Maddon, but not just because of the way he hit the ball. “The part about it I liked the best was how he broke out of the batter’s box,” Maddon said. “He didn’t assume that was going to be a home run. That was refreshing. So, he did everything right.” Maddon said it’s still too early in camp to judge whether the Angels’ top prospect has improved since spring training.…The Angels continue to put an emphasis on bunting, just as they did in Arizona. They have a station set up in right field for bunting drills. The have also been bunting during their intrasquad games. ANAHEIM — The Angels are just a week into this effort to play a shortened season amid a pandemic and Joe Maddon’s newest signature phrase has become clear.“Everybody has got to be the best teammate of their life right now.”The Angels manager has repeated some version of his sentiment just about every day, only he’s not referring to any of the characteristics normally associated with baseball.“We don’t need you to get the big knock in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run,” Maddon said. “We don’t need you pitch seven scoreless. We don’t need you to grab a hold or pick up a save. We need you to follow the protocols. We need you to follow the protocols to be the best teammate ever.” Andrew Heaney, the Angels’ union player rep, said the message in Zoom meetings has been very clear.“If you’re not at the field, if you’re not in your car, if you’re not in your house, you need to wear a mask,” the left-hander said. “It doesn’t matter if we’re in a state that doesn’t enforce it. It doesn’t matter. You’re going to wear a mask. If you’re getting food, get it to-go. Get it delivered. Don’t go sit down and eat somewhere. Don’t go to bars. Don’t go to large gatherings.“Most of those are common sense, and that everyone should be doing that, but we just want to make sure everybody’s on the same page.”Anthony Rendon said he hasn’t personally been too worried about the coronavirus because no one in his family is at high risk, but now that he’s with his teammates, the third baseman understands the importance of doing things in a certain way, even away from the ballpark.“We have to wear our masks just to protect other people,” Rendon said. “At this time, we have to be selfless toward everyone around us because we don’t know what everyone’s situation is. And I think this is a good opportunity for, us as a world, to realize that selfishness doesn’t go a long way, so we have to look out for one another.”Heaney said the players and other staffers in the immediate bubble have all been made aware that one person’s actions can affect not just his teammates, but their families.“If you start getting a little crack, it can really expand and wreak havoc in the clubhouse,” Heaney said. “Everyone understands that risk is real, and we’re trying to do the best we can to cover all those bases.”Maddon conceded the younger, single, players may be challenged more to stick to the protocols away from the ballpark. The allure of bars, clubs and restaurants is certainly stronger for single players than for those who are going home to a wife and a family, Maddon said.“It’s just true,” Maddon said. “The young man that is mature enough to think beyond that is an impressive young man. You don’t know what sacrifice means until you have your own child.”Certainly, the important considerations are health related. But realistically there are also baseball reasons for preventing the spread of the virus. Even if a player has no symptoms, but tests positive, he must be away from the team until he’s had two negative tests. Key players missing a few games, or a starter missing a turn, can have a dramatic impact in a 60-game sprint of a season.“We all understand what needs to be done and have to take it upon ourselves to individually be responsible, knowing our teammates are relying on us,” pitcher Canning said. “It’s going to take some time getting used to, but it shouldn’t be too bad.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.INTRASQUAD INFOJaime Barria took three turns on the mound and did not allow a run. He gave up just two hits against a rotation of David Fletcher, Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Brian Goodwin and Max Stassi.Barria has a chance at cracking the Angels rotation, or at least earning spot starts, because of Julio Teheran’s absence.Cam Bedrosian worked an inning and gave up hits to three of the five batters he faced. One of them was a single by Jason Castro, who also had a triple off the right field fence.Jacob Barnes, who has a strong chance at making the bullpen as a non-roster invitee, retired Andrelton Simmons, Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols and then Anthony Bemboom struck out and reached on a wild pitch.ALSOAlthough Teheran told ESPN Deportes earlier in the week he was hoping to rejoin the Angels this weekend if his coronavirus test was negative, Maddon said on Friday he still had no update on Teheran’s status. …Related Articles The coronavirus, of course, has dramatically changed the world, and Major League Baseball has changed to accommodate it. There are more than 100 pages of regulations that dictate how the players and teams should conduct themselves in a manner that gives them the best chance to avoid infection.The document covers everything from a prohibition on spitting to instructions on how players should eat on team charters. Only one person at a time, per row, can have his mask off to eat.The manual, however, has very little detail about what players should do when they aren’t at the ballpark. It is just one paragraph.“MLB will not formally restrict the activities of Covered Individuals when they are away from Club facilities, but will expect the Covered Individuals on each Club to ensure that they all act responsibly,” the document reads.It goes on to suggest that the players and staff members “should agree on their own off-field code of conduct for themselves and their family members to minimize the risk to others.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
Police are still to apprehend the suspect/s involved in the Christmas Eve fire at the Diamond Secondary School which left parts of the building gutted.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), Marlon Chapman on Friday confirmed that no one was arrested as investigations are still in progress. “So far, we have no updates, investigations are still ongoing,” Chapman told Guyana Times.Fire Prevention Officer of the Guyana Fire Service, Andrew Holder, had announced that an investigation into the fire has concluded that the building was deliberately set alight.Reports are the guard stationed at the school noticed flames emanating from theThe damaged section of the Diamond Secondary Schoolfront building in the compound at about 02:00h and immediately raised an alarm. With the assistance of public spirited citizens, the fire was contained before firefighters arrived at the scene.The Education Ministry has since said the fire began in the administrative building which housed the head teacher and deputy head teacher’s offices along with the computer laboratory and the library.In November 2018, several persons working at the school were under investigation after a large sum of money, which was collected from students for the school’s graduation ceremony, reportedly disappeared.Guyana Times understands that the money was stored in a secured safe and only a few individuals were granted access.During the probe of that incident, four teachers were taken into custody and questioned at the Golden Grove Police Station. They were subsequently released on station bail.