Pandemic could lead to higher rate of deaths of despair

According to the results of a new study, the total number of deaths from drug overdose, alcohol, and suicide combined was lower in 2018 compared to 2017, and are levelling out for the first time in 20 years. Specifically, the report highlights lower numbers of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and heroin, … Continued

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The changing face of drinking in Canada

Despite recent data presented by Statistics Canada demonstrating that annual beer consumption has decreased among Canadians, a new industry report has shown that Canadians are not drinking less. In an instalment of “Are We Really…?” published by the Financial Post, Jake Edmiston discusses the recent trends in alcohol consumption among Canadians. The findings from a … Continued

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Dangerous street drugs making appearances throughout Canada

In recent weeks, police and doctors in Halifax, Saint John, Regina and Lethbridge have been reporting the discovery, and warning residents of, new and dangerous street drugs associated with overdoses and deaths.  Isotonitazene Halifax Regional Police announced discovering a new drug while carrying out multiple searches as part of their investigation in February, which resulted … Continued

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GHB, the ‘date rape’ drug: What you need to know

Gammahydroxybutrate, or GHB, is a psychoactive drug used for medical treatment of narcolepsy, and is also known under the names of liquid ecstasy, G, grievous bodily harm, scoop and easy lay. GHB is used recreationally as a party drug, and has earned itself a reputation as a date-rape drug since it has sedative effects and … Continued

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U.S Alcohol-related deaths double over the last 20 years

According to the results of a new study carried out by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol consumption and the rate of alcohol-associated harms is on the rise in the United States. The study also showed that the number of alcohol-related hospitalizations, and death rates, are on the rise. … Continued

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Binge drinking youth more likely to take part in risky behaviours

According to the results of two recent scientific studies published in the journal Pediatrics, adolescents who engage in binge drinking behaviour or abuse prescription opioids are significantly more likely to engage in other risky behaviors. The first study examined driving outcomes associated with binge drinking, and involved researchers following over 2,000 teens for four years … Continued

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CBD can have side effects too

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring plant molecules called phytocannabinoids extracted from cannabis and hemp plants. In contrast to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a phytocannabinoid molecule found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive – which means it does not cause alterations in mental state, and does not affect nervous system function. Recently, research studies have … Continued

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Cannabis 102 – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol – What the heck is that? When cannabis is used the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) in the plant is broken down, or converted, into tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is psychoactive. Almost right away the body starts metabolizing, or breaking down, the THC to it’s primary metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC) “hydroxy THC” which is also psychoactive. The … Continued

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Cannabis 101 – The Mystery of Marijuana

Cannabis, Marijuana, Marihuana, THC, Cannabidiol What’s the deal with all these different substances? We will explore all of these in an upcoming series of articles. Before the 1930’s the plant was known simply as cannabis, a genus of flowering plant in the family Cannabaceae. During the 30’s America saw a huge influx of Mexican illegal … Continued

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