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.
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Carfentanil: The Newest Opioid Killer
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.
A new research conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia suggests that there may be a stronger relation between addiction and genetics, which could hopefully help treat addiction in the future. Continue reading
Winter blues, also known as seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can often trigger or even worsen substance abuse. In countries like Canada where winters are harsh, it is easy for the cold weather to make you feel tired, unmotivated and possibly depressed. Here are 5 useful tips for beating the winter blues.
A recent fentanyl crisis is currently taking over in Canada. The national epidemic, which started in the Western region, is now quickly spreading to the east and has already taken hundreds of lives.