WTF? – Give Addicted Drug Users Injectable Heroin – Canadian Government

A national research group recommends health-care providers offer injectable medical-grade heroin or another prescription drug to severely addicted patients if treatment with oral medication has not worked to reduce cravings for people who could die from toxic street drugs. Dr. Nadia Fairbairn, an addiction specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital, said a guideline published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal …

Looking For The Next Big Thing

This trend (which probably isn’t going anywhere any time soon) piggybacks on the one mentioned above. As functional medicine clinician Dr. Bryan Walsh recently said on in an interview, “How many people buy a whole bunch of books on a topic because they’re looking for the answer when the answer may have been there, but they just didn’t really sit …

Can Cannabis Reduce Opioid Use in Addicts?

Legalizing cannabis may have a role to play in decreasing opioid mortality rates. “It’s an evolving idea that was thrust into the forefront when U.S. states legalized cannabis,” says Clarke. “Opioid mortality dropped in those states.” One U.S. study, published this summer in Economic Inquiry, showed that recreational marijuana laws reduced annual opioid mortality between 20 and 35 per cent, …

Video Game Addiction is a Mental Disorder

Think your kid is addicted to video games? There could be something to it. The World Health Organization made video game addiction an official mental health disorder. The Geneva-headquartered organization  added “Gaming disorder” to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or “ICD-11,” which goes into effect in January 2022. The condition is included in the global medical guide within a …

Illicit Drug use in Canada and the Stats

Like in many countries, illicit drug use is an ongoing problem in Canada. In particular, much like the United States, Canada is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, which has seen increases in hospitalizations and deaths due to heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids. As of 2019, around 24 percent of Canadians stated they felt the opioid issue in Canada was a …

“Sticks and Stones May Break my Bones, but Words Will Never Hurt Me.”

How often have you heard or said that age-old nursery rhyme about words — to yourself or someone you care about? Probably more times than you can remember. And while it has good intentions, the reality is it couldn’t be further from the truth… Words have tremendous power. They can hurt, and they can heal. They can tear down someone’s …

Hospital Wait Times up due to Addiction Cases

New numbers from a report looking at treatment and services for people who are dealing with mental health and addiction issues are troubling. The Canadian Institute for Health and Information (CIHI) found more than 400 people across Canada are hospitalized every day because of drug and alcohol abuse. It also found that one out of every 10 Canadians who visit …