"I want to thank the Rev. Adela Torchia for writing about the loss of her grandson, Gordon, to a drug overdose ('Good night, sweet prince', Sept. 2018, p. 5). ... By sharing her experience and putting a human, identifiable face to this tragedy, she has allowed some of us on the periphery to understand more about those getting swept away in this tsunami of hopelessness. May by talking about this more openly, our society (and the church) will see a way forward to helping save these beautiful young lives".
There are no validated studies to show that creative stimulation results from the use of LSD, Sidney Katz tells teenagers in the May issue of the Canadian Churchman.
Writing in "Trend," a special youth supplement to the national monthly church paper, Mr. Katz states that the drug LSD does nothing for the unprepared mind.
"At the very most the claim can be that, in some instances, a highly talented and creative artist, who has mastered the techniques of his art, may derive certain added insights from the chemical," he writes.
Mr. Katz, well known writer on social affairs, says an LSD user often suffers the delusion that he has become creative under the influence of LSD. "What really happens is that he has lost his critical, discriminating capacity and this enables him to discern genius in his handiwork."
Mr. Katz, who says he has received confidential information from "anguished relatives and friends about the havoc being wrought by mind-expanding chemicals," predicts more tragedies will occur until teenagers, parents, doctors, clergy and public officials approach the problems realistically.
Wisely and cautiously used, LSD may prove to be a boon to mankind. It may, in certain carefully selected cases, enhance creativity and religious feeling, he states.
"But, for the most part," he says, "psychedelic substances are being used destructively. The full story of suicides, accidents, disrupted lives and mental breakdown precipitated by the use of LSD has yet to be told."
"Churches across Canada have a role to play in the current opioid overdose crisis, says the Rev. Monique Stone, rector of the three-point Parish of Huntley in the diocese of Ottawa" (p. 1). Stone "who has a 16-year-old daughter, organized a Naloxone workshop at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church on February 23  for 20 clergy, including Diocesan Bishop John Chapman, Naloxone is used to temporarily block the effects of opioid overdoses" (p. 1). "Since the clergy gathering, at least five other Anglican churches in the diocese have either held or were planning similar workshops" (p. 12). "Stone has also offered to accompany youth who are apprehensive about getting a Naloxone kit from the pharmacy. 'They can come to see me and I will walk with them to the pharmacy, and I will get a new Naloxone kit for them', she said. 'We are a non-judgmental sanctuary for anyone who needs to get a Naloxone kit'" (p. 12).
"The Council for Social Service has had the privilege from time to time of publishing the Reports of studies made concerning issues which are related to the Council's work. The Report of a Special General Synod Committee on Narcotic Addiction is one such. The Bishop of Ottawa [the Rt. Rev. Ernest S. Reed], as Chairman of the Committee gathered together a group of specialists who, over a period of years, gave careful consideration to this problem. Once again the Church has performed a service for the whole community. The Report of the Committee was received most favourably at the Annual Meeting of the Executive Council of General Synod meeting at Hamilton, in September 1960. The resolutions arising out of this Report form a part of this Bulletin. Executive Council requested The Council for Social Service to publish the Report in full `for information and future study'. This Bulletin is the result." -- Intro.
Contents: Narcotic Addiction : A Report Prepared by The General Synod Committee on Narcotics -- Resolutions Adopted by Executive Council of General Synod September 1960 -- Some Recent Additions to the Library.
Be it resolved that the resolution as submitted by the Social Service Committee of the Diocese of New Westminster (mover: Rev. E.S. Higgs; seconder: Brig. A.E. Bell-Irving) having reference to Drug Traffic and Narcotics Habituation, and which is extracted from the resolution adopted by the General Synod of 1952, be referred by the Executive Council to a Special Committee which may co-opt specialists in this field, looking to a report to the next annual meeting of the Executive Council. CARRIED in both Houses.
"The purpose of the Bulletin is to present to its readers various, and sometimes differing, view-points on social subjects. Its object is, therefore, information and not propaganda. The Editorial Board does not necessarily endorse all, or any, of the opinions expressed in its publications". -- p. 3.
Contents: [List of] Publications of the Council for Social Service of the Church of England in Canada Available for Distribution -- The Problem of Habit-Forming Drugs / C.W. Vernon.
"A difficult, and in some parts of Canada at least, a very pressing social problem is to be found in the widespread use of habit-forming narcotic drugs for other than strictly medical or scientific purposes. This Bulletin will deal very briefly with: 1. The Habit-Forming Narcotic Drugs. 2. The Result of Drug Addiction. 3. The Prevalence of Drug Addiction. 4. The Causes of Drug Addiction. 5. The Treatment of the Drug Addict. 6. The Source of Supply. 7. The Remedy" (p. 3).
Resolved, That Recognizing the deadly nature both to health and morals of addiction to narcotic drugs, the General Synod instructs its Council for Social Service:
1. To urge upon the Government of Canada that need of pressing through the League of Nations and in every way possible for the prevention by international agreement of the growth and manufacture of more narcotic drugs than are required for the world's legitimate medical needs.
2. To point out to the various Provincial Governments the need of providing adequate institutional care and thoroughly scientific treatment for those who unfortunately are drug addicts.
3. To point out to parents, teachers and clergy the need of educating and warning young people and others, especially where the traffic is known to exist, respecting the insidious nature and the extreme dangers of drug addiction.
That whereas the illicit use of narcotic drugs in Canada is steadily increasing, and grave evidence of drug addiction among juveniles is accumulating rapidly, and that its incidence in our adult population has reached alarming proportions, and whereas existing methods of control under the provisions of the Canadian Opium and Narcotics Drug Act have not only failed to reduce the traffic, but have allowed it to increase, and whereas, moreover, there is abundant evidence that the treatment of addicts is a medical rather than a criminal problem;
Be it RESOLVED that the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada endorses, in principle, the several recommendations proposed by the Vancouver Community Chest and Council Narcotics Study Committee, as well as those of Mr. R.S.S. Wilson, a former Superintendent of the R.C.M.P., and further endorses the recommendations of the Social Service Committees of the Dioceses of British Columbia and New Westminster;
And that the Federal Government, through the Minister of Justice, and the Minister of Health and Welfare, be urged to take immediate steps to implement these recommendations, and further, that publicity and a programme of education should be launched to bring this matter more forcibly before the Canadian people. CARRIED in both Houses.
"The face of addiction is changing and our understanding of drug abuse must change with it. Parents need to know that substance abuse could be happening right under their own roof -- and they could unwittingly be providing the drugs". "According to a 2009 survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, prescription opioids -- narcotic pain relievers such as morphine (Avinza, Roxanol), hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and oxycodone (OxyContin) -- now rank third in popularity, behind alcohol and marijuana, as recreational substances used by Ontario high school students". "Nobody wakes up thinking, 'I'm going to become a drug addict today'. But prescription narcotics are powerful and the descent into addiction rapid. Climbing out of addiction and staying out lasts a lifetime. Addicts wanting help are looking for an authentic community -- a place to belong, a safe place to ask questions, share struggles and find meaningful accountability. We can all help".
"Canon Nancy Ford, deacon to the city at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, B.C., was well-acquainted with the concept of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) thanks to years of working as a counsellor" (p. 6). "For about the past five years, the cathedral has been offering an answer to this question through a weekly Twelve Step Recovery Eucharist" (p. 6). "Inspired to create a bridge between church and recovery communities, Ford developed the liturgy for the Twelve Step Eucharist, collaborating with Anglican priest and psychologist Martin Brokenleg. She also consulted with then-Christ Church Cathedral dean Logan McMenamie (now bishop of the diocese of British Columbia) and current cathedral dean Ansley Tucker" (p. 6) "The liturgy also differs from a traditional Eucharist in that instead of a homily, there is a time for discussion and conversation, which Ford says often leads to some quite deep theological reflection. Ford notes that whoever is presiding each week makes clear that 'to receive communion in one kind is to receive it in both', a consideration particularly for those in recovery from alcohol use" (p. 6). "Chris Pitman worships at Christ Church Cathedral. He has been in recovery for a few years, with three years of sobriety under his belt. About a year ago, he saw an advertisement in the church for the Twelve Step Eucharist. Serendipitously, around that time a close friend who was going through his own struggles with addiction came to Pitman asking if he could join him at church" (p. 6). "Through connections with a local organization that supports people with substance abuse issues, Ford connected with Taryn Strong, a yoga teacher who now teaches a weekly yoga-for-recovery class at the cathedral after the service. Strong and her mother, Dawn Nickel, are the founders of SheRecovers, a 'recovery and empowerment platform for women'" (p. 7). "The Twelve Step program was created by Alcoholics Anonymous, which was started in the 1930s in Akron, Ohio. The steps have since been adapted for support groups for those in recovery from other substances and abuses" (p. 7).