Today is International Overdose Awareness day. As of August 18th there’s been 433 fatal overdoses in our province of British Columbia alone. If we go by those statistics, as of today, August 31st, another 24 overdoses have now taken place and about 257 fatal overdoses will occur by the end of this year.
You may have noticed the media discussing opioid addiction lately but you might not know what the heck an opioid is. Educating yourself is the first step to spotting and helping stop this in your loved ones.
When my parents found out that I smoked cannabis as a teen, my dad sat me down and told me in all seriousness that marijuana would be the gateway to harder drugs like heroin, cocaine and so on. At the time I thought he and his “gateway” theory was just crazy talk.
Now though, it looks like we’re the ones that may have to sit our loved ones down and have the “gateway” talk (more…)
Opioid drugs can be powerfully effective treatments for those in pain, but they can also be extremely dangerous. This episode explores how opioids can lead to dependence, abuse and addiction, and the effects that opioid abuse have had in America. The episode explores how drug manufacturers, regulators, doctors, and patients have all contributed to the current crisis of opioid abuse.
For the last 16 months, with fentanyl ravaging street-drug users across the country, more than 100 users at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic in BC Canada have been quietly injecting prescription heroin. During that time, not one of the clinic’s patients has received heroin laced with fentanyl. Not one has overdosed. And not one has died of heroin addiction.