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 …

Youth Marijuana Use Effects Brain Growth and Causes Cognitive Function Issues

In Canada, about one in five adolescents use marijuana. The substance was recently legalized in the country, however, the need for a thorough investigation and further studies regarding its long-term consequences on the developing brain of adolescents arises.

At this stage, the adolescent brain is associated with maturation of cognitive functions such as decision-making, impulsivity control, and working memory — making it a very vulnerable period for brain development. This is also the time, wherein, the regulatory connection between regions of the cortex and emotional processing circuits are formed.

Alcohol Addiction Now on the Rise in Canada

Health experts want people across the world to drink less alcohol, but according to a recent study, some of us are drinking more booze — and more often. Alcohol Addiction is on the rise in Canada says experts. A new study published in medical journal the Lancet found that between 1990 and 2017, global alcohol consumption rates increased from 5.9 …

Put Dealers in Jail for Murder

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/london-ontairo-fentanyl-should-dealers-be-charged-with-manslaughter-1.5120166?fbclid=IwAR3UF3G9GXwlVNZDFKvXZh-HJCil98EszGJ43SHB6UoG8dA7eSIEWN_2k_c “What the general population misses is that most drug traffickers are not the drug cartels, they’re not what you see on television or in the movies. They’re not sophisticated groups of people making lots of money off drug dealing,” she said.  “These are people who are in the midst of a drug addiction themselves, and they’re feeding that drug …