Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Has The Zombie Drug Landed?

CBC | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada

If headlines in the past few weeks are to be believed, a "Flesh-eating 'zombie' drug" that could devour users "from the insid...

Opioids: "Addiction Is Not a Disease of Society's Margins"

Dr. Hakique Virani | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Hakique Virani

Our ability to manage pain through pharmaceuticals has progressed by leaps and bounds. The advent of powerful new drugs has helped thousands manage sometimes debilitating pain and regain productive function. But along with this increased capacity to treat pain has come undesired side effects including addiction, dependency, and a growing death toll. Let us be clear: addiction is not a disease of society's margins, of the criminally inclined or of the morally destitute. Addiction to prescription drugs is a public health issue that affects all kinds of people and requires multiple sectors and stakeholders to work together in addressing a chronic, relapsing condition, not bad behaviour.

Ottawa's Big Plan For Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada has a new national strategy to tackle an escalating prescription drug abuse crisis — but whether a tangled web of governments, regul...

New Chemical Found In Five Ecstasy Deaths In BC

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Police in British Columbia are reluctant to tell the public what unique, colourful markings are on ecstasy pills suspected to be packed wi...