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The Opioid Epidemic: Addiction with a Prescription

By Portage | 03-21-2019

More than 2,000 deaths by overdose between January and July 2018 in Canada; 72,000 deaths by overdose in 2017 alone in the United States (more than the combined number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents and guns): such is the toll of the opioid crisis in North America. Many people who fall prey to… Read more »

I Always Wanted to be Part of a Catalyst for Change

By Portage | 03-15-2019

We interviewed Kathie Rodger, Director of the Portage Atlantic Centre for adolescents, to learn about her professional career and her role in our organization. Q: Hi Kathie, can you tell us how you started your career? Sure! I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was younger. After fantasizing about becoming a… Read more »

Alcohol and Drug Use in Women

By Portage | 03-08-2019

Have women fallen into the insidious trap of alcohol and drug use? Recent studies on the prevalence of alcohol and drug use among women worldwide tend to show an increase in their consumption of both. Social pressure, post-traumatic stress – the reasons for the increase seem to be on the rise as women are caught… Read more »

New Studies Link Cannabis Use to Violence and Depression

By Portage | 02-28-2019

A new study conducted by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and Oxford University has linked cannabis use in adolescents to an increased risk of depression. In 2017, a study by the Institut en santé mentale de Montréal had already shown a link between cannabis use and violent behaviour. The risks… Read more »

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Giving is receiving!

By Portage | 01-28-2019

There are many benefits to volunteering whether it is motivated by societal needs or more personal reasons. While giving of one’s time, knowledge and skills certainly benefits the recipient, it can also be very rewarding for the person doing the giving. Below is a list of reasons for becoming a volunteer. If you would like… Read more »

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Dry January: Alcohol-Free for a Month!

By Portage | 01-17-2019
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