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Prescription Heroin for Addiction Treatment

Did you know that the government of Canada has approved the prescription of pharmaceutical-grade heroin as a treatment for severe addiction? The new drug guidelines allows doctors to issue prescriptions for patients who have not responded well to conventional addiction treatment methods. Can this be really the solution for drug addiction? The Implications What does this new guidelines mean? This means that treatment clinics can expand specialized heroin maintenance programs to allow addicts to come in a maximum of 3 times daily to get their prescribed injections. The free heroin maintenance can be received without legal implications. This is a unique program that is enforced in the United States and Canada, which is similar in approach in 8 European countries. This move is actually a reversal of government policies implemented in previous administrations and seen as a softening of...

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How pharmacists are becoming the first line of defence against opioid overdoses

. “I have had patients I’ve trained who’ve used kits to save people’s lives in the community.” “People who are concerned a friend or loved one could overdose on opioid drugs like heroin or fentanyl can turn to their pharmacists for help. Since June 24, kits containing naloxone – a drug that reverses overdose effects – have been available to pharmacists to give out to Ontario health card holders for free over the counter.” By Kate Bueckert, Amanda Margison, CBC News. Read full article,...

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How to use a Naloxone opioid overdose kit

. The kits are available prescription-free at Ont pharmacies. Could you use one in an emergency? . Since anti-overdose kits for opioids were made available in pharmacies in June 2016, Ontario’s ministry of health has distributed 12,000 Naloxone packages to more than 1,400 locations across the province. Here’s what pharmacists at the Canadian Addiction Treatment Pharmacy want you to know about using a Naloxone kit correctly. .   Call 911 Even if you have an Naloxone kit, don’t wait to call for help. Contact emergency services right away. Make sure it is an opioid overdose Naloxone is effective in counteracting opioids like fentenyl and oxycodone, not cocaine or crystal meth. Know how to spot the signs of an opioid overdose: look for small pupils, laboured or no breathing and extremities that are turning blue. The person must be unresponsive...

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Ted Talk – Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

. What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem....

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Meagan’s story

Hear Meagan’s story about how her prescription drug abuse quickly turned into an unshakeable addiction. Also find out how she got treatment. . To view the french version of the video, click...

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