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Media Invitation - National Addictions Awareness Week 2007


Published: 16 Nov 2007

MUHC medical toxicologist issues warning about the dangers of drug abuse

The emergency rooms of the MUHC (CUSM) see patients every day, from young adolescents to adults, who are having an adverse reaction to some recreational drug including alcohol. These patients present with a variety of symptoms including seizures, psychosis, heart damage and coma. "The adverse effects of substance abuse range from cognitive impairment to death," says Dr. Martin Laliberté, specialist in emergency medicine and medical toxicologist at the MUHC. He also notes that one of the greatest risk factors for long-term addiction is drug use before age 15. "The key is to prevent kids from experimenting with these drugs in the first place."

To tell you more about the harmful and potentially fatal effects of drugs and of some of the new drugs targeting young kids in particular, Dr. Laliberté will be joined by Officer Laurent Dyke of the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal and Alvin Powell, former NFL athlete and Head of Prevention Services for Saving Station Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse, on November 19, as part of National Addictions Awareness Week.

What: Press Conference: National Addictions Awareness Week 2007
Who: Dr. Martin Laliberté, specialist in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicologist, MUHC
Officer Laurent Dyke of the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal
Alvin Powell, Head of Prevention Services for Saving Station Foundation
When: Monday, November 19, 2007, 1:00 pm
Where: MUHC: Royal Victoria Hospital,
687 Pine Ave. West (corner University)
Employees Lounge, H4

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University—the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

Contact Information

Contact: Seeta Ramdass
Organization: McGill University Health Centre Public Relations & Communications Services
Office Phone: 514-843-1560
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