Canada now allows prescription heroin in severe opioid addiction cases

Source : http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2016/09/07/canada-now-allows-prescription-heroin-in-severe-opioid-addiction-cases.html Health Canada has amended regulations allowing doctors to prescribe heroin to people who are severely addicted to opioids. The government says the country is facing an opioid overdose crisis and health-care providers need help in treating patients suffering from chronic dependency. The change to the former Conservative government’s ...

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Heroin OD deaths more common during recovery

Source : http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2016/10/22/heroin-od-deaths-more-common-during-recovery/92456144/ Bange was aware of some of the medications that she could have used to help with cravings and withdrawal, Karen Cunningham said, adding she believes that Bange used a medication, possibly Suboxone, at some point in her recovery. Bange stopped because she considered it a « a Band-Aid, » Karen ...

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Pot’s retail therapy

Source : http://news.nationalpost.com/features/o-cannabis-retail-therapy It’s a hot, sunny Thursday afternoon on the hard edge of Queen Street West, and the foot traffic at Eden, a pot dispensary, is brisk. Retailers along this strip of trendy clothing stores, bars, restaurants, shoe shops, tattoo parlours, hairstylists, comic stores and coffee joints cater to ...

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Worth a shot? Locals balk as city considers heroin-injection facilities

Source : http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2016/43/br-heroin-injection-sites-2016-10-14-bk.html Are they high!? The city is considering opening facilities where heroin users can safely shoot up under medical supervision, but some advocates in areas such as Bay Ridge and Sunset Park — where opiate addiction is raging — say the plan is bonkers and warn that finding ...

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Le fentanyl, drogue ravageuse : En attendant la mauvaise « batch »

Source : http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/e65cd50e-eaa0-419b-942b-4745fcc65d59%7Cu1W0rEmoj0UX.html L’immeuble de briques rouges, situé rue Sainte-Catherine Est, est bien connu des policiers. Il est animé jour et nuit par un va-et-vient de personnages troubles et de prostituées, qui font le trottoir juste en face. Dès qu’on y entre, on est frappé par l’insalubrité générale – et par l’odeur âcre ...

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To combat drug overdose, address the stigma

Source : http://www.metro.us//news/to-combat-drug-overdose-address-the-stigma/zsJphE—3vehRfA5s3hY/ For most people battling drug addiction and their families, standing up to the stigma is another hurdle entirely. The shaming stares and discrimination imposed by neighbors, friends, classmates or coworkers, in church or at grocery stores, is tangible. And painful. From that sense of alienation was born ...

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