Items tagged with opioids

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Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit ...
Could medical cannabis break the painkiller epidemic? [01.09.2016] The U.S. “is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Prescription opioid overdos ...
DEA’s sudden 'herbal heroin' ban triggers stiff resistance from kratom community [31.08.2016] An increasingly popular plant product called "herbal heroin" by detractors is about to become illegal in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Admi ...
Marijuana legalization might be fix to nation’s opioid problems [27.07.2016] Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a “gateway” to the use and eventual abuse of other illici ...
A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic [25.05.2016] America is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Nationally, overdose deaths have more than doubled over the past decade and a hal ...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app ...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the ...
How Canada got addicted to fentanyl [07.04.2016] The supply chain for illicit fentanyl begins in China, but the problems Canada is experiencing start right here at home: No other country in the worl ...
The other opioid crisis – people in poor countries can’t get the pain medication they need [24.03.2016] Hospitals in the U.S. and Europe routinely prescribe opioids for chronic cancer pain, end-of-life palliative care and some forms of acute pain, like ...
Fatal drug overdoses hit record high in US, government figures show [18.12.2015] Deaths from drug overdoses have surged across the US to record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, overd ...
A pill for work and play [18.04.2015] The little pills of Tramadol are ubiquitous in Egypt. Taxi drivers take them to stay awake on the road. Men use them to improve their sexual prowess. ...
How do you treat pain when most of the world's population can't get opioids? [02.03.2015] In the United States, where doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers a year, the frequency of abuse and overdose represents ...
The International Drug Control Regime and Access to Controlled Medicines [25.12.2014] The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that some 5.5 billion people around the globe inhabit countries with low to non-existent access to cont ...
How powerful synthetic drugs will upend drug markets globally [01.12.2014] Illicit drugs made from plants (e.g., cocaine, heroin) are being replaced in some national drug markets by those that are synthesized (e.g., methamph ...
Egypt's wave of painkiller addiction [29.11.2013] Egyptians are using Tramadol as a recreational drug and also, reportedly, as an aphrodisiac. But most commonly, it serves as a cheap energy boost. At ...
Wider use of antidote could lower overdose deaths by nearly 50% [04.02.2013] Around 15,000 people die each year by overdosing on opioid pain relievers such as Oxycontin, a rate that has more than tripled since 1990. The govern ...
The OxyContin disaster [24.02.2012] Who is going to clean up the mess OxyContin has left behind in Ontario? Health Minister Deb Matthews' move to delist the addictive prescription paink ...
Prescribing Cannabis for Harm Reduction [05.01.2012] Neuropathic pain affects between 5% and 10% of the US population and can be refractory to treatment. Opioids may be recommended as a second-line phar ...

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