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Some might see alcohol taxes and sales as a source of revenue for governments, but they might not consider the full story: the public costs of drinking far outweigh the revenues. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s alcohol deficit: The public cost of alcohol outweighs government revenue

Unlike other substances, alcohol is often present in our lives. While governments gain revenues from taxes on alcohol sales, the public costs of drinking far outweigh the revenues.
Democrats and Republicans are equally less likely to support a drug treatment clinic if it’s in their neighborhood. Can Merey/picture alliance via Getty Images

How opioid treatment centers can overcome bipartisan NIMBYism to build local support

A Philadelphia neighborhood is pushing back against the city’s plan to expand an existing shelter to serve people in active addiction.
A man waits to enter a supervised consumption site at a health centre in Calgary, Alta., in August 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

In B.C., Alberta and around the world, forcing drug users into treatment is a violent policy

Instead of forcing people into substance use treatment, provinces should work with municipalities and health boards to expand life-saving safe use sites and tackle the housing crisis.
Dr. Laura Kehoe gives a presentation about why emergency room physicians should prescribe buprenorphine for people recovering from opioid overdoses. Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Drugs that treat opioid use disorder are a good use for multibillion-dollar settlement funds

After battling drug manufacturers and distributors in court for years, local and state governments are about to receive a windfall that could expand access to treatments that can save lives.
One child in three is physically or sexually abused or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities including emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighbourhood or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common. (iStock)

Childhood adversity is a ‘cause of causes’ of adult illnesses and mental health problems

One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents need support now more than ever — including via universal parental support programs. (Ketus Subiyanto/Pexels)

To build back better after COVID-19, we must support parents

Our mental health and economy are suffering from this pandemic. Parent support programs are a proven way to improve both.

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