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Debunking Myths About Opiate Addiction

Debunking Myths About Opiate Addiction

As opiate disorder continues to kill thousands of people in North America annually, it receives increasing amounts of mainstream media coverage. In some respects, this is a good thing – the information does help spread awareness of the dangers of opioid use, after all. In other respects, however, the coverage does quite a bit of harm to those struggling with...

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What to Do If You See Someone Who Has Overdosed on Opioids

Opioid addiction negatively impacts all aspects of life, from relationships with family and friends to physical and mental health. One of the most heartbreaking realities of addiction, however, is overdose. When an opioid addict overdoses, their life hangs in the balance and, depending upon the exact opioid in question, quick action could be the difference between life and death. Let’s...

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How Long Do Opiates Stay in Your System?

The first step in seeking help for opioid abuse is to determine that misuse is happening. Conducting a drug detection test of some kind is often the best option to take. With that said, there are some things you should know about how long opioids stay in your system as well as which kinds of tests are most effective at...

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How Do I Know If Someone Is On Opioids?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 10 million people misused or abused opioids in 2018. As the number of individuals addicted to opioids continues to increase, it is imperative to better understand this health crisis. You should know that almost 10 million of those people abusing or misusing opioids in 2018 were using...

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Human Trafficking

How To Report Suspected Human Trafficking

The statistics highlighting just how prevalent human trafficking continues to be in contemporary times are staggering. While many of us do not commonly think about the possibility or the existence of human trafficking, it is a very real social problem that is harming over forty million people around the world. Given the scale of this phenomenon, it can be difficult...

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How To Identify A Human Trafficking Victim

How To Identify A Human Trafficking Victim

While many likely believe that human trafficking is relegated to the parts of the world far from the developed countries of Canada and the United States, it is uncomfortable to confront the fact that it is a widespread global phenomenon. Indeed, most people are shocked when they learn just how prevalent the practice of human trafficking is – even in...

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Early Signs Of Opioid Addiction

Early Signs Of Opioid Addiction

Opioids are some of the most strongly addictive substances in the world. While these substances are commonly prescribed for pain management, they are also widely used and abused outside of this context. Regardless of the initial reason they are consumed, the use of these substances can quickly spiral out of control and represent a real problem for your physical and...

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Abusing Opioids

Who Is At Risk Of Abusing Opioids?

While all individuals carry some risk of abusing or developing an addiction to opioids, there are some identifiable factors that play a statistically significant role in the development of this condition. Being aware of these factors will allow patients to be more informed as to their own potential for abuse or addiction and take necessary precautions before starting a course...

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5 Prescription Drugs To Be Cautious Of When Using

5 Prescription Drugs To Be Cautious Of When Using

All medications and prescription drugs carry the potential for side effects ranging from the minor to the severe. Many medications that have appropriate medical use carry a significant potential for addiction. If the use of these substances is not carefully monitored, then patients may quickly find that their consumption of these medications can begin to spiral out of control. Especially...

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How People Become Addicted To Prescription Drugs

How People Become Addicted To Prescription Drugs

Nobody thinks that they could become addicted to prescription drugs when first starting a course of treatment. However, the risks of many medications – especially opioids and other dependency-inducing drugs – are very real. Addiction can develop quickly, and it is important to be cognizant of the factors involved in the transition from normal use to problematic behaviour. While a...

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