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How Would Canada Deal With Decriminalizing Illegal Drugs?

Decriminalizing illegal drugs has been an ongoing topic of national conversation. In 2020, Canada’s police chiefs have expressed support for the decriminalization of personal drug possession and the use of illegal drugs. Drug reform groups and health agencies such as the Canadian Public Health Association have voiced out congruence in this notion. The question is, would it bear positive effects...

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How Poor Public Funding Affects Substance Abuse Treatment Centres

Many countries around the globe are dealing with addiction at colossal levels - around 11.8 million people die from substance use every year. In the United States, nearly 21 million Americans struggle with at least one addiction and require access to substance abuse treatment centres, but only 10% receive proper treatment. The same is true for Canada; studies suggest at...

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Dangers of Misdiagnosing Mental Illness While Abusing Drugs

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada, with 1 in 2 Canadians having (or have had) some form of mental illness by the time they reach their 40s. Unfortunately, mental illness misdiagnoses are also disturbingly common, hindering people struggling with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, and other types of psychiatric problems from achieving healing and wellness.  In this...

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Effects of Drug Overdose on Your Body

Effects of Drug Overdose on Your Body

Illegal drugs are not new and has been an increasingly severe problem since the 80s. In 2017 alone, there were more than 4,000 drug-related deaths in Canada caused by overdose. This dangerous statistic highlights the importance of ensuring the continuation of drug addiction recovery centres in Toronto and across the country as well. With so many people affected by this...

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A Brief History of the Canadian Opioid Crisis

A Brief History of the Canadian Opioid Crisis

Drug addiction starts somewhere small and simple - it can be from cigarettes to something more dangerous like cocaine or meth. Illegal drugs can be found anywhere around the globe, and Canada is no stranger to this kind of danger. Keep reading to find out more about where the Canadian Opioid Crisis all began. What Are Opioids? Opioids are drugs...

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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

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?

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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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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