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08 Nov
First Response: Keeping An Overdose Victim Alive Until Help Arrives With substance use and addiction at epidemic levels and the opioid crisis a hot topic of debate, one of the greatest fears held by family members of drug users is that their loved one will be the next overdose death. Last year, from January to September, 3,286 overdose victims lost their lives to apparent opioid overdoses. The stigma is high, but many of these drug users became addicts as [...]
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06 Nov
When Helpers Need Help: Addiction In The Health Care Professions Addiction does not discriminate among race, gender, ethnic background, disability, man, woman, or occupation. Everyone is human, and everyone can fall victim to the intoxicating effects of addiction. Addiction among healthcare professionals (HCPs) is no different. According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, approximately 20 percent of nurses struggle with a drug or alcohol dependency. Additionally, it is believed that approximately 1 in 10 physicians will succumb to the same [...]
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16 Oct
Traversing The Socioeconomics Of Addiction Many forms of addiction start as a means to escape the psychological and socioeconomic costs of poverty. For the financially fortunate, addiction acts as a medium for self-fulfillment and instant gratification. Addicts, when intoxicated with their substance of preference, think that only they are affected on a personal level. But substance abuse has significant direct and indirect costs, not just for the individual, but also for the family, the [...]
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03 Oct
Chronic Pain Treatment For People Addicted To Painkillers Many people today suffer from severe pain, meaning they are experiencing pain on a regular basis. Some suffer daily, while others may have different conditions, such as nerve pain, that flare up depending on the person's stress level. For those suffering from chronic pain, it can be very difficult to find an effective treatment, and this only gets harder if the patient happens to have history of addiction to opioid [...]
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02 Oct
When One Is Not Enough: The Menace Of Doctor Shopping When people mention shopping addicts or shopaholics, they usually refer to those who compulsively buy products or services, never doctors. But there is such a thing as ‘doctor shopping’. Sadly, there is not yet any equivalent addiction treatment program, like Shopaholics Anonymous, for this type of addictive behavior. What is doctor shopping? Also known as ‘double doctoring’, this phenomenon of many themes is the practice of seeing multiple treatment providers [...]
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26 Sep
Naloxone: Is It Really A Wonder Drug? For many New Jersey residents, June 18 was a historic day. Samantha Newton appreciated its importance. She left the house early that morning to line up for a one-time freebie. She had to do this because supplies might run out. This giveaway was not from a holiday sale or mall opening, but a matter of life and death. The queue was for naloxone, the antidote for opioid poisoning—offered [...]
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25 Sep
Which Occupations Have The Highest Rates Of Addiction? There are a lot of different factors that can lead people to alcohol or drug use. Some might have suffered from a trauma which led them to a substance use disorder, while others may have family history of drug use that made them more susceptible to such a lifestyle. The circumstances that brought someone on the path to drug or alcohol abuse do not always indicate why they continue to [...]
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12 Sep
Fentanyl: The Ebola Of Opioids This guy can make dope out of the dirt in your pockets,” a DEA agent said about George Marquardt in a 1993 interview with the Canberra Times. He was referring to a legendary kingpin known as the ‘Drug Wizard of Wichita’. He called Marquardt “the very best illicit chemist in the history of American drug making—and one of the deadliest.” Marquardt, a self-taught chemist and gadgeteer from Kansas, ran [...]
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09 Sep
What Are Safe Injection Sites, And Do They Work? The opioid crisis in Canada gets a lot of media attention these days, and with more than ten thousand deaths due to overdose in the last three years, it is easy to see why. The Government of Canada has introduced Safe Injection Sites that work alongside public health facilities to help battle this issue. Safe Injection Sites are harm reduction facilities where intravenous drug users can legally use illegal drugs. [...]
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21 Aug
The Opioid Crisis In Canada Every few months or so, there is a news report about the number of deaths caused by opioid overdose. Opioids have been in our society for hundreds of years, stemming from opium which was derived from the poppy plant. The common forms of these drugs- such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone and fentanyl- are strong pain killers that have addictive properties due to their ability to create a euphoric state of [...]
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