Partie 3 : Sciences et techniques

Chapitre 24 : Addiction

Drugs, page 54

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a sleeping pill
a downer
a mind-altering substance
an opiate
dope, junk, shit
to mainline, to get a fix
to be high on
to drive under the influence

Thrill seekers share many of the same symptoms as drug addicts; they get a rush from skydiving or bungee jumping.

Addictive behaviour and remedies, page 54

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a chain smoker
binge eating
an out of control gamer
to indulge in
to be hooked on
to crave for
to be cold turkey
to freak out
to hit bottom
to go cold turkey
to relapse
a health warning
a halfway house

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 (two years after the end of Prohibition in the United States). AA states that its primary purpose is to help alcoholics “to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety”.

Internet addiction can affect people of any gender, age, and socioeconomic status.

Reaching rock-bottom with a gambling or shopping addiction can lead to homelessness.

Food for thought, page 55

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Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.
Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.
To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, © Copyright 2015, Liberal Party of Canada.