Below is the Introduction to Learning Theme Three, as found in the Curriculum Supplement. Read through the overview for Learning Theme Three.

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 in Learning Theme Three, 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.

Becoming Familiar with the Activities

Using either your hard copy of the supplement or by clicking on the
Learning Theme Three link, read through the time frame and the activity for this learning theme.

Checking My Understandings

This section is designed to ensure your familiarity with Learning Theme Three. Check your responses to these questions before proceeding to the Final Session.

  1. How have the attitudes and laws related to the use of alcohol and other drugs changed over time?
  2. What are the risks of alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and other drug use during pregnancy?

  3. All done? Please go to the Final Session.