Opioids

​4 Tips For Using Your Brain To Calm Pain

Beth Darnall | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Beth Darnall

The most frequently overlooked pathway to pain relief is the patient. There are powerful cognitive behavioural skills that the everyday patient can begin putting to immediate use for personal pain relief. Calming your nervous system is the key to reduction of pain, distress, and suffering.

Opioid Crisis Should Be At The Top Of The Federal Health Agenda

Tara Gomes | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Tara Gomes

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today.

We Need To Face Some Unpleasant Truths About Opioids

David Juurlink | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
David Juurlink

What distinguishes this epidemic is not only its catastrophic toll --hundreds of thousands dead, uncountable millions harmed -- but also the fact that, unlike SARS, Ebola or influenza, this epidemic has no end in sight. The "why" is complicated, but it relates in part to prevalent beliefs about the role of these drugs in medical practice.

Legalization Advocates Should Be First To Address Substance Abuse

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

As we urge the move to legalization and regulation, we also need to recognize that Canada has significant issues with drug consumption, both in terms of those that are legal, at present, and those that will become regulated as we shift away from criminalization.

Prince's Cause Of Death Revealed

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living

Investigators have been reviewing whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs.

Why Do So Many Canadian Prisoners Die After Their Release?

Fiona Kouyoumdjian | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

Canadians might be surprised to learn that many health and social services widely available in the community are not available in most of Canada's correctional facilities -- this needs to change. We are missing a critical window of opportunity to reframe the period of incarceration as a time to help people improve their health and well-being before returning to our communities.

Understanding And Addressing The Complexities Of Addiction

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

In my practice, I have seen the terrible impact addiction can have on people of all backgrounds. It destroys jobs, families and personal health, often in the span of just a few months. This level of complexity and quick-moving consequence is something you don't often see in many other conditions, which makes finding solutions that much harder. Addressing addiction requires approaching treatment in a much more integrated fashion across different parts of the health care system and groups of providers.

Our Opioid Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Pharma's Alarming Influence

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Critics have begun pointing the finger at the medical system and its prescribers -- well-meaning doctors and specialists who've been giving too many patients excessively powerful opioid medications to deal with modest pain. But we can dig deeper and look at the relationship between medical education and pharmaceutical company influence as a significant contributing factor.

Is Cannabis the Solution To Canada's Painkiller Epidemic?

Marc Davis | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

It sounds like torture. A living nightmare. But for many people with severe nerve pain, it's their everyday life. And access to marijuana is a humane and viable alternative to typical painkillers. It can literally mean the difference between life and death. So what's the problem?

5 Ways We Can Reduce Suicides In Canada

Jitender Sareen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

Despite recent headlines, Canadian rates of suicide and attempted suicide have remained largely unchanged over the last several decades. What has changed is that we've seen increasing rates of suicide in the Canadian military recently, after stable rates for decades. The problem of suicide is not limited to the military in Canada; indigenous populations, especially in northern remote communities, have high rates of suicide. We need a unified approach across provincial and federal sectors to reduce suicides in the military, among veterans and civilians.

Prescription Opioids Are Behind Canada's Greatest Health Crisis

David Juurlink | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
David Juurlink

Today, doctors' offices are inundated with people who have been harmed more than helped by these drugs. Thousands more are dead. And yet the marketing continues, with pain specialists and advocacy groups opposing moves to curtail opioid prescription, their efforts financed by the very companies that make these drugs.

Forget Weed Or Coke, Canadians Have A New Drug Problem

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new study shows prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped by 23 per cent in Canada between 20...

Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Fuelled By Doctors

David Juurlink | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics
David Juurlink

he false notion that opioids are safe, effective treatments for chronic pain was inculcated by the companies that manufacture them, with self-styled "experts" preaching this gospel to front-line physicians. Incredibly, this happened in the absence of good evidence that the benefits of long-term opioid use outweigh the risks.

The Most Popular Illegal Drug Is..

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living

LONDON - Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the...

A Bitter Pill In B.C.

CP | Sally MacDonald, Cranbrook Daily Townsman, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

CRANBROOK, B.C. - People in southeast British Columbia are dying from prescription opioid overdoses at the same rate that they're dying in drunk drivi...