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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

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

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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Which Opiates Are the Most Commonly Abused?

Opioid addiction is a serious issue currently affecting millions of people in North America. In fact, experts describe the current addiction issue as an “epidemic” worse than anything we’ve seen in the past three decades. Because it’s such a widespread problem, it’s important to understand the basic facts surrounding the issue to better handle any potential situations you might face...

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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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Risk Of Being A Victim Of Human Trafficking

Who Is Most At Risk Of Being A Victim Of Human Trafficking?

It is important to remember that there is not merely one profile that fits every victim of human trafficking. Throughout the world, including the United States and Canada, victims have been identified across age groups, genders, and nationalities. It might be difficult to accept but anyone can be a victim of human trafficking. However, there are some identifiable factors and...

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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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