Welcome to a bizarre twist in Canadian high schools, where students are putting down their textbooks and picking up safe snorting kits. In a curriculum that’s anything but ordinary, Canada proves once again that it knows how to keep education…snorting interesting!
The Art of Safe Snorting
High School Education in Canada is witnessing a unique twist. While other students may be practising their painting skills or honing their critical thinking abilities, Canadian high schoolers are reportedly being taught how to engage in a rather unusual activity—snorting safely. Move aside, geometry, and make room for snorting 101. Who knew this would be the latest addition to the curriculum?
‘Stay Safe While You’re Snorting’
According to reports, high school students in Canada are receiving instruction on safer snorting kits and harm reduction strategies. With this strategy, the potential hazards of drug use are minimised, and responsible behaviour is encouraged. It’s unquestionably an intriguing approach to teaching students about consuming the hazardous drugs safely.
A B.C. school district is investigating after a guest speaker appears to have ended their presentation by handing out “safer snorting kits” to assembled teenagers.
The kit includes straws and wallet-sized cards for cutting powdered drugs into snortable lines — as well as a booklet on “staying safe when you’re snorting.”
“Have condoms and lube with you. You may want to have sex while high,” reads one tip. Another advises the drug user to decorate their snorting equipment. “Adding a personal touch to your snorting equipment will help you better recognize your own when using with others,” it reads.
The pamphlet also lists the wide range of substances that can be snorted, including fentanyl, ketamine, and even crystal meth and cocaine.
“You may be new to snorting drugs or have snorted drugs for many years. Either way, this resource has something for you,” reads an introduction.
The kit’s distribution to minors was first brought to light by conservative commentator Aaron Gunn. In a Saturday tweet that has since garnered more than 600,000 views, Gunn included images of the kit, saying it had been handed out at a high school in the Cowichan Valley — a region just north of the provincial capital of Victoria.
“Today in British Columbia … they are handing out ‘safer snorting’ kits to children as young as 15,” he wrote.
Canada’s Decriminalization Journey
It’s important to note that Canada has recently taken the plunge into the world of drug decriminalisation, granting an exemption to its citizens under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Toronto updated its 14–month–old decriminalisation request to the federal government, clarifying it wants a Health Canada exemption to cover young people as well as adults, and all drugs for personal use. Toronto wants the federal agency to go further than the exemption it recently granted to British Columbia under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Now, the idea of safe snorting kits for Canadian children provides insight into how Canada’s drug laws are changing. Whether you like the idea or not, it is undeniable that Canadian high schools are broadening the courses they offer. Who knows what novel subject will next find its way into the curriculum? Keep exploring, Canada!