The ways that attitudes and laws related to alcohol have changed over time are complex. By focussing on three Canadian case studies that reflect the interplay between intervention options, attitudes, and the law, this learning theme provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their own attitudes. The case studies require students to consider their attitudes towards long-term drug users and those with addictions. Through class discussion of the case studies, students will be exposed to three key and current events in the Canadian substance-abuse field. Together, they reflect the most significant shift in drug laws and attitudes in our country over the past 10 years, that is, they each reflect a harm-reduction approach, in that they are concerned with minimizing harm to the user and community without necessarily requiring that the person stop using.

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