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Carfentanil: The Newest Opioid Killer

Carfentanil: The Newest Opioid Killer

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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How to Deal with Employee Addiction

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.

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How to Help Yourself Avoid Opioid Addiction when Prescribed as Pain Medication

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.

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