According to a new Statistics Canada report, weed consumption has more than doubled over the last 30 years. As Canada’s government moves ahead with its plans to legalize marijuana this summer, will these numbers increase even more? Here’s a quick look on how legalizing weed can affect the Canadian population.
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In its upcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared gaming addiction as a new mental health condition. The last version of the ICD was published in 1992. There has since been a debate over the years as to whether video game addiction should be classified as a mental disorder or not. The ICD, while still in draft mode, is set to be published in May.
The holiday season is often a time to celebrate, but for some, it can trigger dangerous habits such as binge drinking. Binge drinking is commonly defined as a pattern of heavy alcohol consumption over a short span of time. While occasional drinking is normal, excessive drinking can have devastating effects on your body. Here are 5 dangers of binge drinking.
In 2016, almost 2,500 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses, with fentanyl as the main contributor to hundreds of deaths just this year alone. However, there’s another drug that is threatening the opioid epidemic. Carfentanyl is the newest killer that could drive opioid-related deaths even higher. Here’s what you should know about the dangerous drug.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first mobile app to help treat substance abuse.
A U.S. study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that increases in high-risk drinking were most prevalent among women, minority groups and seniors.
Drug safety at music festivals during the summertime has always been an issue in Canada. While music festivals a great a way to celebrate summertime, it’s also important to stay safe at all times.
Here are 5 tips on how to be safe and how to decrease the potential harm of drugs and alcohol.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), at least 2,458 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016.
You notice that your employee is often late for work and uses sick days more than he should. He starts to show erratic behaviour and isn’t as productive as he used to be. Should you suspect that your employee is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction?
Unfortunately, that could be the reality. Employees that struggle with a substance addiction are 25-30% less productive, and skip work three times more often than their other colleagues who don’t have a substance addiction. What should you do in such a case? Here are four recommended steps to take if you suspect that an employee is dealing with an addiction.
Opioid addiction is on the rise, and recent scientific studies show it is becoming increasingly easy for people to become addicted to opioids. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that “people who had a one-day prescription of opioids had a 6 percent chance of being on the drug a year later”, and “those with a month-long prescription had a worrisome 30 percent chance of continuing to be on prescription opioids a year later”.
Women also seem to be more susceptible to developing an opioid addiction: according to CDC, a woman is sent to the ER every three minutes for abusing prescription painkillers.
If you have recently been or are currently prescribed opioid –or any other painkiller- for pain medication, here are 4 ways you can help yourself avoid addiction.